Broadband Experts

  • James Baller, President of Baller Herbst Law Group
    • Jim Baller is a senior principal of the Baller Herbst Law Group in Washington, DC. He represents public and private entities nationally and in more than 35 states on a broad range of communications matters. He is also the founder and president of the US Broadband Coalition, a large and diverse group of organizations that are working toward consensus on a comprehensive national broadband strategy. In 2007, Washingtonian Magazine listed him as one of Washington’s “Best Lawyers” (defined as the top one percent). Last month, ArsTechnica included him in its list of “Top Tech Policy People to Watch” in 2009.
  • Rick Boucher, D-Va., Chairman, House Energy and Commerce Committee
  • Paula Boyd, Regulatory Counsel, Microsoft
  • Art Brodsky, Communications Director, Public Knowledge
    • Art Brodsky is communications director of Public Knowledge. Art worked for 16 years with Communications Daily, a leading trade publication, covering the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and other major laws. He also covered the Federal Communications Commission and state regulatory commissions. Art was later an editor with Congressional Quarterly. Art’s work also appears in the Huffington Post and TPM café. Art worked as communications director for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and Qwest Communications International. He graduated from the University of Maryland, and received an MSJ degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
  • Donald C. Brittingham, Assistant Vice President, Wireless/Spectrum Policy, Verizon Communications
    • Don Brittingham is assistant vice president, public affairs, policy and communications for Verizon Communications. He has public policy planning responsibilities for spectrum and other wireless policy matters affecting Verizon Wireless and other Verizon affiliates, and advocates the company’s position before the FCC, Congress, and the Administration. Brittingham has a broad policy and technical background in wireless and other technologies. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and is experienced in transmission and network engineering, and radio spectrum management. He has a Master of Science degree in Telecommunications Management from University of Maryland.
  • Michael Calabrese, Vice President, New America Foundation
  • Jeffrey Carlisle, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, SkyTerra Communications
  • Rep. James E. Clyburn, D-S.C., House Majority Whip
  • Alyssa Clemsen, Government Affairs Coordinator, International Broadband Electric Communications, Inc.
  • Geoff Daily, Blogger, App-Rising.com
  • Tom DeRiggi, Rapid DSL & Wireless (a local wireless internet service provider)
  • Jay Driscoll, Director, Government Affairs, CTIA – The Wireless Association
  • Barbara Esbin, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Communications and Competition Policy, Progress and Freedom Foundation
  • Stan Fendley, Director, Legislative and Regulatory Policy, Corning
  • Susan Fox, Vice President, Government Relations, Walt Disney
  • Brett Glass, Founder, Lariet.Net, a wireless internet service provider in Laramie, Wyoming
  • Mitch Glazier, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Recording Industry Association of America
  • Kathleen Ham, Vice President, Federal Regulatory, T-Mobile USA
    • Kathleen O’Brien Ham is Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs for T-Mobile USA. In her currently capacity, she oversees the company’s work before the FCC. Before joining T-Mobile, she worked for fourteen years at the FCC in a number of top policy positions, including Deputy Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. She also served on the Spectrum Management Task Force and was involved in negotiating the allocation of third generation wireless spectrum. She is a graduate of Catholic University Law School, where she is also an adjunct professor of law, and her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Colorado.
  • Karen Jackson, Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance, Commonwealth of Virginia
    • Karen Jackson is Vice President of Broadband Programs for the Center for Innovative Technology. She supports public and private entities within Virginia to enhance the deployment of, and access to competitively priced, broadband. Jackson advocates for applications, programs and services including telework, telemedicine and e-learning. She also serves as the Director of the Commonwealth’s Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance, a clearinghouse and coordination point for related services and programs in the Commonwealth. She holds a bachelor’s of science in business management at Christopher Newport University and a master’s of business administration from The College of William and Mary.
  • Betty Ann Kane, Chairman, D.C. Public Service Commission
    • Betty Ann Kane was confirmed by the Council as Chairman of the Public Service Commission, effective March 3, 2009.  She has served as a Commissioner since March 2007. Before joining the PSC, Chairman Kane served as a Trustee and Executive Director of the District of Columbia Retirement Board.  She served two terms on the D.C. Board of Education, and was a three-term member of the City Council. Kane is a member of the Telecommunications Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. She is a graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont and has a Masters Degree in English from Yale University.
  • John Kneuer, former Assistant Secretary of Commerce, 2006-2007; John Kneuer Associates
    • From October 2003 to November 2007, John Kneuer served first as the Deputy Assistant Secretary, and then as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, responsible for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.NTIA manages federal use of spectrum, performs telecommunications research and engineering; and administers infrastructure and public telecommunications facilities grants. Kneuer led a presidential spectrum policy initiative tasked with modernizing the allocation and assignment of radio frequencies across the U.S. government, and served as a member of the U.S. delegation to the 2007 World Radio Conference. Prior to his service at NTIA, Kneuer was senior associate at Piper Rudnick in Washington.
  • Randolph J. May, President, Free State Foundation
  • Kyle McSlarrow, CEO, National Cable and Telecommunications Association
  • John Muleta, CEO, M2Z Networks
    • John Muleta is founder and CEO of M2Z Networks, Inc., a privately held venture-backed company in Menlo Park, California. M2Z seeks to provide a free wireless broadband service to 95% of the U.S. population. Between 2003 and 2005, Mr. Muleta was head of the FCC’s Wireless Bureau. From 1994 and 1998, he was Deputy Bureau Chief and Chief of the Common Carrier Bureau’s Enforcement Division. Previously, Muleta was a senior officer of PSINet, Inc. He holds degrees in Engineering, Law and Business from the University of Virginia, is a Trustee of UVA’s Engineering School, and a member of the university’s alumni Diversity Advisory Committee.
  • Neal Neuberger, Executive Director, Institute for e-Health Policy
  • Brent Olson, Assistant Vice President, Public Policy, AT&T
    • Brent Olson serves as Assistant Vice President-Public Policy at AT&T. Olson’s responsibilities include helping to develop and coordinate at the federal and state levels AT&T’s public policy positions on a number of issues covering emerging services and technologies, including broadband and video technology services, with a particular focus on internet-related policy issues such as net neutrality and online safety. Olson has more than 15 years of telecommunications law and policy experience, and was Deputy Chief, Competition Policy Division, at the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau. He graduated from Northwestern University and holds a J.D. from UCLA School of Law.
  • Emmett O’Keefe, Director, Federal Public Policy, Amazon.com
  • Michael Petricone, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Consumer Electronics Association
  • Don Peck, Vice President, Engineering, GigaBeam
  • Jean Plymale, Virginia Tech eCorridors Program
  • Gregory Rohde, Executive Director, E-Copernicus/E9-1-1 Institute
  • Jennifer Schneider, Legislative Counsel, Office of Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va.
  • James Bradford Ramsey, General Counsel, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
  • Graham Richard, Former Mayor, Fort Wayne, Indiana
    • Graham Richard brought his expertise in politics and best business practices to city government he became mayor of the second-largest city in Indiana: Fort Wayne. A former Indiana state senator and business entrepreneur, Richard focused the Fort Wayne city government into a results-producing, customer-focused city during his two terms – saving more than $31 million while improving city services.  He received the Fiber-to-the-Home Council’s 2005 Star Award for being a leader in broadband technology, and is the author of Performance is the Best Politics.  Richard is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
  • Wendy Seltzer, Practitioner in Residence, Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, American University Washington College of Law
  • Alan Shark, Executive Director, Public Technology Institute
  • Steve B. Sharkey, Senior Director, Regulatory and Spectrum Policy, Motorola
    • Steve Sharkey is Senior Director, Regulatory and Spectrum Policy in Motorola’s global government affairs office in Washington. He has overall responsibility for Motorola’s global regulatory and advocacy efforts, primarily focused on policies related to spectrum management and broadband deployment and use, and on a framework for broadband growth and public safety. Prior to joining Motorola, Mr. Sharkey was the lead technical representative for the Washington office of AirTouch Communications. He also worked in the Office of Engineering and Technology, and the International Bureau, at the Federal Communications Commission. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware.
  • Emery Simon, Counselor, Business Software Alliance
  • Curt Stamp, President, Independent Telephone and Telecommunications Alliance
  • Sue A. Suleski, Technology Investment Specialist and Program Manager for the Pennsylvania Broadband Initiative
    • Sue A. Suleski, with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Technology Investment Office, has a mission to serve as a catalyst for growth and competitiveness for Pennsylvania companies and universities through technology-based economic development initiatives including funding, partnerships, and support services. Suleski manages a variety of state technology-based economic development programs focused on broadband deployment, technology development, business assistance, and workforce leadership. As program manager of the Pennsylvania Broadband Initiative, Suleski oversees a portfolio of programs aimed at mapping broadband coverage, educating constituents on the benefits and use of broadband, aggregating demand, and attracting and retaining businesses to Pennsylvania.
  • S. Derek Turner, Research Director, Free Press
  • Scott Wallsten, Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute
    • Scott Wallsten‘s economic research focuses on telecommunications, regulation, competition and technology policy He vice president for research and a senior fellow at the Technology Policy Institute, a senior fellow at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy, a lecturer in Public Policy at Stanford University, and a consultant for Economists Incorporated. He has been senior fellow at the Progress & Freedom Foundation andthe AEI – Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies, and an economist at The World Bank, the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and the U.S. President’s Council of Economic Advisers. His Ph.D. is from Stanford University.
  • John Windhausen, Jr., President, Telepoly Consulting