Head of Public Policy, Project Kuiper
Darren Achord is Head of Public Policy for Project Kuiper, Amazon’s low earth orbit satellite broadband project. He leads Kuiper’s global advocacy and public policy engagement as well as Amazon’s communications policy team. Darren has supported Project Kuiper since its inception and helped secure its FCC license in July 2020. Since joining in 2016, Darren has led communications policy, representing the company on Capitol Hill and at the FCC. Prior to Amazon, Darren served for over nine years on Capitol Hill, including as a senior policy advisor for technology and communications policy for House Minority Whip Steve Scalise and Senator Marco Rubio. A native of Baton Rouge, Darren earned his undergraduate degree from The University of Alabama and his masters from Louisiana State University.
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Steve Augustino’s telecommunications practice is both broad and deep, ranging from regulatory, legislative and administrative law counsel to transactional advice, advocacy and litigation. An advocate since the early days of competition in telecommunications, Steve has guided clients through the shifting policies, exponential growth and extraordinary innovation in the telecommunications industry over the last 25 years. His clients include companies and organizations from developing and established markets, including major wireless service providers, manufacturers, trade associations and emerging telecom businesses.
Joshua Broder serves as CEO of Tilson, which under his leadership, has grown from less than 10 employees to more than 500 in 20 locations. He is also the founder of Tilson’s public utility affiliate, which owns 5G infrastructure including poles, towers, dark fiber and neutral host indoor and outdoor wireless networks nationwide. Josh cut his teeth in leadership as an Army Signal Officer on missions in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for service in Afghanistan designing, building and operating the communications network for US forces. Josh holds a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and is a graduate of AT&T’s Operation Hand Salute at JFK University with a certificate in entrepreneurial studies. Josh is currently serving a gubernatorial appointment as the co-chair of Maine’s economic recovery committee.
Jay A. Brown
President and CEO
Jay A. Brown was appointed president and CEO of Crown Castle International Corp. (NYSE: CCI) in June 2016. Crown Castle owns, operates and leases more than 40,000 cell towers and approximately 80,000 route miles of fiber supporting small cells and fiber solutions across every major U.S. market. This nationwide portfolio of communications infrastructure connects cities and communities to essential data, technology and wireless service – bringing information, ideas and innovations to the people and businesses that need them. As an NYSE S&P 500 company with an enterprise value of approximately $90b, Crown Castle is building the solutions that deliver long-term value for our customers, communities, and investors. Jay was Crown Castle’s CFO from July 2008 to May 2016. Prior to that, he served as treasurer of Crown Castle from May 2004. Since joining Crown Castle in August 1999, he has served in a number of positions in corporate development and corporate finance. Jay holds a BBA from Baylor University. He serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Wireless Industry Association and the Advisory Board of Governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. Jay also serves on the Advisory Board of Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University.
FCC Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
Jerusha is an attorney-advisor in the FCC's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau in the Consumer Policy Division. Much of her current work focuses on policy to combat unwanted and illegal calls, including call blocking, as well as transparency and redress tools for legitimate callers. She has a JD and a Masters of Science in Information, specializing in information policy, from the University of Michigan.
Michael A. Calabrese
Director, Wireless Future Project
Open Technology Institute at New America
Michael A. Calabrese directs the Wireless Future Project at New America’s Open Technology Institute, a non-profit think tank based in Washington, D.C. He develops and advocates policies to promote ubiquitous, fast and affordable wireless broadband connectivity, including the reallocation of more prime spectrum to facilitate unlicensed access, next generation Wi-Fi, dynamic spectrum sharing and broadband competition. Michael has served on the U.S. Department of Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC) since 2009 and as an Invited Expert on President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) spectrum reform working group during 2011-2012. Michael previously served as vice president of New America (2003-2010), general counsel of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, director of domestic policy at the Center for National Policy, and as a counsel at the national AFL-CIO. He is a graduate of Stanford Law and Business Schools (JD/MBA) and of Harvard College.
V. Noah Campbell
Co-Founder and CEO
RS Access, LLC
V. Noah Campbell is the Co-Founder and CEO of RS Access, LLC, which he formed in partnership with MSD Capital in 2018. RS Access acquired eighty (80) licenses in the 12.2-12.7GHz band (MVDDS) covering approximately 15% of the US population, and operates a wireless data network across sixty (60) markets. Prior to creating RS Acces he was the Founder and Managing Member of Radio Spectrum Group, LLC, a mobile data consultancy specializing in wireless spectrum assets, which he founded in 2011. A recognized expert in the spectrum space, Mr. Campbell has 15+ years of experience in the valuation of wireless spectrum assets and development of successful wireless ventures. He frequently engages with a wide variety of participants in the wireless frequency market and has developed an expertise around emerging spectrum and data business models. He has successfully managed or participated in several FCC auctions and has advised private equity, hedge funds and private investors on the US wireless industry, technology and frequency valuation. Mr. Campbell holds a BA from the University of Vermont and a JD from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.
Federal Communications Commission
Brendan Carr was nominated to serve as a Commissioner of the FCC by President Donald J. Trump, and he was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate in 2017. In 2019, Commissioner Carr was nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate to serve a new, five-year term. He is leading the FCC's work to modernize the infrastructure rules governing the buildout of 5G and other next-gen networks. His reforms are predicted to cut billions of dollars in red tape and have already accelerated 5G builds—helping to bring more broadband to more Americans. By updating our country's infrastructure rules, he's helped extend U.S. leadership in 5G and ensured that rural America has a fair shot at next generation connectivity. Carr is also leading an FCC telehealth initiative, which is designed to drive down healthcare costs while improving outcomes for veterans, low-income, and rural Americans. Commissioner Carr brings a dozen years of private and public sector experience in communications and tech policy to his role as Commissioner. Previously, he served as general counsel of the FCC, representing the agency in court and serving as the chief legal advisor to the Commission. He first joined the FCC as a staffer in 2012 and worked on spectrum policy and competition matters for a number of FCC offices. Prior to joining the agency, Commissioner Carr worked as an attorney at Wiley Rein LLP in the firm's appellate, litigation and telecom practices. A graduate of Georgetown University, Commissioner Carr clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit for Judge Dennis W. Shedd. He graduated magna cum laude from law school at the Catholic University of America where he served as an editor of the Catholic University Law Review.
Chief Regulatory Counsel, Americas
BT Americas Inc.
Sheba Chacko is chief regulatory counsel for BT in the Americas. She advises BT business units on telecoms, antitrust, national security and law enforcement/cyberlaw-related regulatory issues in the Americas region. She advocates on behalf of BT before regulators in the Americas, and is tasked with telecoms regulatory compliance for the region. Prior to joining BT, Sheba practiced communications law with U.S. law firms, advising and assisting fixed telephony, wireless, Internet and satellite clients with their regulatory needs. Sheba has a Juris Doctor degree from Duke Law School, and a Master of Laws degree in International Law from Georgetown University Law Center. She served as a board member of Duke Law School’s Alumni Board and is an IAPP- certified privacy professional. Sheba has lived in Malaysia, India and the UK, but has made her home in the USA since the early 1980s.
Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.)
House Majority Whip and
Chairman of the House Rural Broadband Task Force
Rep. James E. Clyburn is the Majority Whip, the third-ranking Democrat in the United States House of Representatives, and currently serves as the Chairman of the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis. He is also the Chairman of the Rural Broadband Task Force and Democratic Faith Working Group. When he came to Congress in 1993 to represent South Carolina’s sixth congressional district, Rep. Clyburn was elected co-president of his freshman class and quickly rose through leadership ranks. He was subsequently elected Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Vice Chairman, and later Chairman, of the House Democratic Caucus. He previously served as Majority Whip from 2007 to 2011 and served as Assistant Democratic Leader from 2011 to 2019. As a national leader, he has championed rural and economic development and many of his initiatives have become law. His 10-20-30 federal funding formula was included in four sections of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Mignon L. Clyburn
Federal Communications Commission
Mignon L. Clyburn became the first woman head of the FCC in May 2013 when she was named Acting Chair by President Barack Obama following her second appointment to the federal commission. Commissioner Clyburn began her public service career at the FCC in August of 2009, after spending 11 years as a member of the Public Service Commission (PSC) of South Carolina representing the state’s Sixth Congressional District. She served as chair from July 2002 through June 2004. Prior to her service on the PSC, Commissioner Clyburn was the publisher and general manager of The Coastal Times, a Charleston, SC-based weekly newspaper that focused primarily on issues affecting the African American community. She co-owned and operated the family-founded newspaper for 14 years. A longtime champion of consumers and a defender of the public interest, Commissioner Clyburn considered every Commission proceeding with an eye on how it would affect every American. She was a strong advocate for enhanced accessibility in communications for disabled citizens and worked closely with representative groups for the deaf and hard of hearing. She pushed for affordable universal telephone and high-speed internet access, greater broadband deployment and adoption throughout the nation, and transparency in regulation.
Head of U.S. Public Policy & Social Impact
Braden Cox is the head of US Public Policy and Social Impact for Pinterest. He develops public policy strategy at the federal, state and local levels to support Pinterest’s mission to help inspire people to create a life they love. Before Pinterest, Braden was the director of Public Policy at Amazon, where he launched the state and local public policy program and led Amazon’s advocacy on sales tax issues. Over eight years, he built a 30-member team of issue experts, regional geographic owners, and economic development specialists. He also created a national network of state and local lobbying consultants and associations, and the company’s first-ever corporate political contributions program. The early days of the Web influenced Braden’s technology-focused career path. He became a network administrator during a college co-op at IBM in Research Triangle Park, NC, and an in-house attorney at a software startup in Alpharetta, GA, during the dot-com boom (and bust). Braden was also a tech policy guru at a think tank and counseled on policy issues for NetChoice, a technology association in Washington, D.C. Braden is a proud “double dawg” with degrees from the University of Georgia Honors Program and School of Law.
Ronald W. Del Sesto Jr.
Ron Del Sesto represents technology companies on a broad range of issues including corporate, financial, regulatory, and cybersecurity. Ron also advises financial institutions, private equity firms and venture capital funds with respect to investments in the telecommunications, media, and technology (TMT) sectors. In the TMT sectors, Ron counsels software, technology, and communications clients on ecommerce, cloud computing, cybersecurity, privacy, surveillance obligations, the provision of emergency services, and behavioral advertising, among other matters. His clients include: domestic and international providers of all forms of communications services, wireless, and enhanced services; service providers using emerging technologies; large end-users of telecommunications services; electronic commerce providers; Internet service providers (ISPs); trade associations; Internet portals; financial institutions; infrastructure projects (land and submarine networks); and providers of Internet-protocol-enabled applications and services, including leading providers of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services. Ron represents clients before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), state public utilities commissions (PUCs), and assorted foreign regulatory agencies.
Senior Vice President
Harold Feld is the senior vice president for Public Knowledge, one of the nation’s premier consumer advocacy organizations working at the intersection of copyright, telecommunications and the Internet. Feld is a highly regarded thought leader in the areas of telecommunications and digital consumer protection, and author of “The Case for the Digital Platform Act: Breakups, Starfish Problems and Tech Regulation.” He was previously senior vice president at the Media Access Project (MAP), a public interest law firm, where he advanced competition policies in media, telecommunications and technology. Prior to joining MAP, Feld was an associate at Covington & Burling, and clerked for the D.C. Court of Appeals.
Attorney Advisor, Competition Policy Division
FCC Wireline Competition Bureau
Connor "CJ" Ferraro is an Attorney Advisor in the Competition Policy Division of the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau. He has been working on issues related to call authentication and STIR/SHAKEN since 2019.
The Wall Street Journal
Drew FitzGerald is a telecommunications industry reporter for The Wall Street Journal based in Washington, D.C. He covers network operators and media companies and has reported on high-profile mergers including the protracted court battle over AT&T's purchase of Time Warner and the long courtship between T-Mobile and Sprint. Drew holds a Bachelors degree in journalism from Boston University and is a Dow Jones News Fund alumnus.
Managing Member and Innovation Officer
IdeaTek Telcom, LLC
Daniel P. Friesen formed IdeaTek Systems Inc. in 1999 with only $250. He initially built the company by working as its sole employee while earning an A.A. in Computer Systems Support and a B.A. in Business Administration with a major in Management Information Systems from Wichita State University. By 2014, Friesen had grown the company to over 65 employees in rural Buhler, Kansas, with a population of only 1,250 residents (Buhler), at which time it focused on rural fiber optic transport services consisting of over 2,200 miles of fiber optic routes and mobile wireless small cells. He led the company as its CEO and President for nearly 15 years and personally managed most of the fiber optic deployments. He also managed the sales and engineering relationships for IdeaTek’s biggest customer, Verizon Wireless. Through IdeaTek’s ever-changing technology business, Friesen has gained unique experiences in rural markets, emerging technology, government policy, telecommunications law, business strategy, and business acquisitions. Friesen was instrumental in the negotiation of some of the first agreements in the nation with municipalities and electric utilities to utilize public right of way for the installation of small cell towers and poles for a Fortune 100 wireless carrier. Friesen also led the engineering and design processes associated with the small cell deployments. Simultaneous to these projects, Friesen garnered significant experience in telecommunications M&A by leading one of his companies through a complex stock purchase agreement with Zayo Group, LLC. Friesen currently holds the position of Chief Innovation Officer at IdeaTek Telcom and IdeaTek Equity Group, IdeaTek’s private investment arm. Friesen continues to be actively involved in his local and regional community: mayor of the City of Buhler, Kansas, serving a third four-year term; he serves on the boards of the Hutchinson/ Reno County Community Foundation, Buhler Community Foundation, Trustees of Buhler MB Church, Quest Center For Entrepreneurs, and FISPA, a national internet service provider consortium (board chair). Friesen also was a recipient of the Hutchinson 20 under 40 award in 2012. He also serves on the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Commission (BDAC) Competitive Infrastructure Working Group and the Kansas Broadband Expansion Taskforce recently formed by the Kansas legislature.
Granite Telecommunications, LLC
Robert (“Rob”) T. Hale is co-founder and President of Granite Telecommunications, LLC, a communications company headquartered in Quincy, Mass. Established in 2002, Granite has grown rapidly and consistently and now supplies over 1.75 million business lines, has annual revenues exceeding $1.6 billion and employs over 2,300. The company provides voice and data communications products and services to over two thirds of Fortune 100, including 18 of the top 20 retailers in the United States and many of the country’s largest financial services, health care, real estate and public utility companies. Granite supplies voice and data services to a wide range of federal and state public agencies. Granite was one of nine companies eligible to supply next generation voice and data communications services and products to federal agencies and other governmental customers under GSA’s $50 billion Enterprise Information Systems contract. Rob has been recognized as a leading entrepreneur by several organizations and publications. He has been repeatedly recognized by Boston Business Journal–Power 50, which salutes the 50 most powerful people in Boston. He has also received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and has been saluted as one of the 25 most influential people in American telecom multiple times. Rob owns FoxRock Properties, a Boston-based real estate firm with over five-million square feet of commercial space. He also founded Copley Equity Partners, a private equity firm that invests in small and middle market businesses with significant growth prospects. Rob is an owner and director of the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. Philanthropy is another passion for Rob. In 2019, The Chronicles of Philanthropy recognized Rob and his wife, Karen, as 15th on its list of the 50 largest donors in the country. Rob has held leadership roles at Boston Children’s Hospital, The Massachusetts Soldier’s Legacy Fund, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Deerfield Academy, Connecticut College and Brigham & Women’s Hospital where he currently co-chairs the $1.5 billion Life.Giving.Breakthroughs. campaign to transform the future of medicine. Rob and Karen received the Boston Red Sox Jimmy Fund Award for his long-time commitment to the lifesaving mission of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Among other recent awards and recognitions that the Hales have received are the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s Carolyn Lynch Humanitarian Award, Brigham and Women's Hospital’s Heritage Key Award and Partners Healthcare’s Jack Connors Philanthropic Leadership Award. Granite has been repeatedly recognized as one of the most philanthropic companies in Massachusetts.
Assistant General Counsel
Gunnar Halley is an Assistant General Counsel in the Privacy and Regulatory Affairs group at Microsoft’s Redmond headquarters. Gunnar is the Voice on the Net (VON) Coalition’s designee to the Board of the Secure Telephone Identity – Governance Authority (STI-GA) which oversees the development of policies governing STIR/SHAKEN in the United States. He also represents Microsoft on the FCC’s Hospital Robocall Prevention Group. At Microsoft, Gunnar provides global telecom-related product development and compliance support for Azure, Teams, and Skype, among other products and services. He also shares responsibility for developing and advancing Microsoft’s telecom-related policies globally. Before joining Microsoft, Gunnar practiced telecommunications law at law firms in Washington, DC. He graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with a degree in International Economics and earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
CEO, Irving Group
Board Member, ENA
Larry Irving has a passion for bridging the digital divide in the United States. He currently serves on the board of ENA and is the CEO of the Irving Group. In the 1990s, Larry worked to help produce the first empirical study proving the existence of the “Digital Divide.” This groundbreaking research sparked global efforts to begin bridging the divide and continues to be widely cited today by those studying Internet access around the world. As the assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information and administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) during the Clinton Administration, Larry helped establish some of the earliest and most foundational U.S. domestic and international Internet policies, including those supporting universal Internet access, private investment, competition, open access and “light touch” regulation. He subsequently commissioned a comprehensive Census Bureau survey that quantified for the first time the U.S. communities and populations that didn’t have Internet access, and diagnosed some of the causes. This research was documented in a seminal series of reports he co-authored, “Falling Through the Net.” This research showed that Americans most at-risk for access inequity were communities that couldn’t afford to fall further behind, including the following: rural; low-income; single parents; the elderly; ESL speakers; and others who were otherwise economically or educationally disadvantaged, or geographically distant. Larry’s data helped provide support for legislative initiatives such as the E-Rate program and, in conjunction with NTIA's Telecommunications and Information Infrastructure Assistance Program (TIIAP), it also demonstrated the growing importance of the Internet for all communities. TIIAP connected schools, libraries, hospitals and other public access institutions where at-risk communities could access the web for free.
Henry Geller Fellow
Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council
DeVaughn Jones is a third-year law student at American University and a Henry Geller Fellow at the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council, a nonprofit organization that collaborates with hundreds of advocacy groups to promote equity and inclusion in tech, media, and telecom spaces.
Chief Advocate & General Counsel
Angie joined INCOMPAS in 2013 as its chief advocate and general counsel, managing the INCOMPAS policy team and its work before the federal government. FierceTelecom named Angie a "Rising Star in Wireline" in 2014 and one of the Top Women in Wireline in 2015 for her advocacy work on behalf of INCOMPAS members. Angie is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and has been involved in its leadership as a former Executive Committee and Nominations Committee member. Before joining INCOMPAS, Angie was legal advisor to FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, where she was primarily responsible for the Commissioner’s wireline and broadband agenda, including the Commissioner’s work as chair of three federal-state joint boards. Prior to that, Angie was a special counsel in the Spectrum and Competition Policy Division of the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. She also practiced telecommunications and media law in the Washington, D.C. office of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP for more than a decade. Angie earned a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America, where she also earned a certification from The Institute for Communications Law Studies, and she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Baylor University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Rep. Bob Latta
Republican Leader, Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
Since 2007, Rep. Bob Latta has served the people of Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee where he plays an intricate role in crafting the nation’s energy, telecommunications, environment, healthcare, and interstate commerce policy. Rep. Latta is Republican Leader of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, where he advocates for policies that help consumers, grow our economy, and spur innovation. Rep. Latta is also a member of the Subcommittee on Energy and the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, which he chaired last Congress. Along with his committee positions, he is a Deputy Whip and Co-Chairs the Rural Broadband Caucus and the Congressional Propane Caucus.
Sen. Edward J. Markey
Member, Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
Sen. Edward J. Markey, a consumer champion and national leader on energy, environmental protection and telecommunications policy, served for 37 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, and was elected to the Senate in a special election in June 2013. A member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Sen. Markey is a national leader on telecommunications policy, technology and privacy. In the House, he served for 20 years as Chair or Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, where he fostered the growth of new information technologies and was the principal author of many of the laws now governing our nation’s telephone, broadcasting, cable television, wireless, and broadband communications systems. He is the House author of the 1992 Cable Act, which increased choices for millions of consumers and enabled satellite-delivered programming to be more widely offered. He also authored the law in 1993 that moved over 200 MHz of spectrum from government to commercial use, creating the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th wireless phone companies. New companies entered the market with digital technology, forcing the incumbents to innovate and invest and pushing mobile phone prices down. Rep. Markey authored the landmark Telecommunications Act of 1996, ushering competition into the telecommunications marketplace and unleashing private sector investment. Competition remains Senator Markey’s economic mantra–in his words, “ruthless Darwinian competition that would bring a smile to Adam Smith.” He has been instrumental in breaking up anti-consumer, anti-innovative monopolies in electricity, long-distance and local telephone service, cable television, and international satellite services. He was one of the only members of the House Commerce Committee to fight AT&T’s monopoly in the early 1980’s and is a principal author of the requirement that the Bell Operating companies accept local telephone service in the 1990’s. His pro-competition policies have directly benefited job creation in Massachusetts and throughout the country. While in the House, Congressman Markey introduced the Internet Freedom Preservation Act, the first net neutrality bill introduced in Congress, to ensure that as the Internet continues to evolve, it remains a level playing field guided by the principles of openness, competition and innovation. He also has been a key leader on providing privacy protections for personal information such as medical records, financial records, and on-line purchases. He has championed strengthening privacy protections for children and is the House author of the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA), the primary law that safeguards children’s privacy online. Sen. Markey attended Boston College (B.A., 1968) and Boston College Law School (J.D., 1972). He served in the U.S. Army Reserve and was elected to the Massachusetts State House where he served two terms representing Malden and Melrose.
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
Kelly McGriff is vice president and deputy general counsel of the Uniti Group. In that capacity, he leads the local regulatory effort across all Uniti entities. Kelly is also head of the Litigation Department for the Uniti Group. Kelly previously served as general counsel of Southern Light from 2005 until its acquisition by Uniti Group in 2017. Kelly has spent more than 15 years working in virtually every aspect of communications law and related fields, including regulatory, transactional, litigation, legislative and land use in both the private and public sectors, including Internet services and technologies; conventional and emerging wireless services; telecommunications equipment development; and other high-technology applications. In the spring of 2017, Kelly was appointed to the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee at the Federal Communications Commission by Chairman Ajit Pai, and presently serves as chairman of the Committee’s State Model Code Working Group.
Vice President, Wireless Services
Milo Medin has been part of the Internet development community for more than 25 years. He is currently the vice president of access services at Google, where he oversees a number of projects to improve access to the Internet, primarily focused on expanding the speed, robustness and pervasiveness of wireless networks. Prior to joining Google in 2010, he was founder and CTO of M2Z Networks, a company that sought to deploy a national broadband wireless network system, and before then he was co-founder and the Chief Technology Officer of Excite@Home, where he led the development of the company's national infrastructure, and helped deliver the first large scale residential broadband access service in partnership with major cable operators, including the development of the DOCSIS cable modem standard. Earlier, Milo worked at NASA's Ames Research Center, where he developed the first peering point between backbone networks, and managed primary west coast interconnect for the Internet, and architected and managed the global NASA Science Internet, including the deployment of the first Internet connections to a number of countries around the world. Milo majored in computer science at UC Berkeley. He has participated in a number of public policy forums, including two National Academy of Sciences panels, given testimony in Congress and before the Federal Communications Commission on Broadband technology policy, and served on the PCAST working group on Spectrum Sharing. He holds several patents in the field of network access technology, and sits on the FCC’s Technical Advisory Committee, and Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee. Since 2016, he has served on the Defense Innovation Board, which is chartered to provide recommendations to the Secretary of Defense to drive more innovation and agility in how the Department achieves its mission.
Government Relations Director
Andrew Mincheff joined INCOMPAS in 2020 as government relations director to help represent members before state and local bodies, including legislatures, public utility commissions and municipalities on technology and communications issues. Prior to joining INCOMPAS, Andrew worked as a government affairs associate at G2G Consulting in Washington, D.C., assisting with the firm’s federal lobbying efforts, preparing clients for meetings on Capitol Hill and at federal agencies, and submitting appropriations requests to Congress. He had previously worked on Capitol Hill for U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) as a legislative correspondent, handling writing and research on policy issues including education, defense, homeland security and healthcare. Following his years as a legislative staffer on the Hill, Andrew worked as a management consultant in Deloitte’s federal practice. His main responsibilities focused on supporting case workers in the Commonwealth of Kentucky on systems integration for their health benefits exchange program, coordinating project plans for allocating grants services within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and leading communications outreach for the New Products and Innovation group at the U.S Postal Service. Andrew graduated with his International Masters of Business Administration (IMBA) from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University.
Alison A. Minea
Director and Senior Counsel, Regulatory Affairs
Alison Minea leads DISH’s wireless regulatory team as Director and Senior Counsel, Regulatory Affairs. Her portfolio includes Federal and state wireless regulatory policy and compliance, as well as spectrum licensing and auctions. Prior to joining DISH, Alison practiced communications law at Morrison & Foerster LLP. Alison earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Bryn Mawr College and her J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law.
Sen. Jerry Moran
Member, Senate Appropriations Committee and Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
Jerry Moran has been serving Kansans in the United States Senate since 2011. Throughout his tenure in the Senate, he has been a vocal advocate for pro-growth, pro-job policies to make certain businesses can succeed, including those in rural areas. He previously served seven terms in the United States House of Representatives. Sen. Moran serves on the influential Senate Appropriations Committee; the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; and the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. He also serves on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and is the ranking member of Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, where he continues his strong advocacy for our nation’s veterans, working to make certain they receive the care they have been promised. As the top Republican on the Commerce Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection, Sen. Moran continues his strong advocacy for modernizing government technology and strengthening consumer protections. Sen. Moran also serves as the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, where he leads funding decisions that impact men and women working at agencies including the Department of Justice, Department of Commerce, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, NASA and the Economic Development Administration. Sen. Moran has a long history of supporting the expansion of broadband, recognizing its importance to compete in today’s digital economy and bridge the Digital Divide. He has championed legislation to improve the accuracy of broadband coverage maps and direct federal resources to target unserved communities. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, he has oversight of the Federal Communications Commission.
Rep. Frank Pallone
Chairman, House Energy and Commerce Committee
Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. is currently serving his 17th full term in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2019, Pallone was sworn in as the Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over issues pertaining to energy, environment, healthcare, commerce and telecommunications. As Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee during the 114th and 115th Congress’, Rep. Pallone led Democrats in passing key health care and environmental bills that were signed into law by President Obama. In March 2015, Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), which improved the quality of health care for America’s seniors while also lowering costs, ensured that over eight million children and pregnant women continue to have access to health care coverage through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and provided $8 billion to fund Community Health Centers. Rep. Pallone also led Democratic negotiations in the House on the 21st Century Cures Act, which was signed into law by President Obama in December 2016. The Cures law provides billions of dollars in funding for Vice President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot initiative, research to increase our understanding and treatment of brain disorders, and grants for states and communities hard-hit by the opioid abuse crisis. It also includes important reforms to our broken mental health system. Rep. Pallone graduated cum laude from Middlebury, and received his Master's degree in international relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He earned his law degree at Rutgers University in and has been admitted to the bar in four states: New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Florida.
With over 17 years of experience in constructing and managing fiber assets, as well as information technology management, Tony Perkins joined Fatbeam in 2018 as Chief Operating Officer. He previously served as the Vice President of Operations and Infrastructure at Unite Private Networks. With an MBA from the University of Missouri and a Bachelor of Science from Northwest Missouri State University, Perkins has always had a passion for focusing on customer needs and delivering solutions that exceed expectations. When he’s not busy working with clients on delivering the customizable fiber-based network solutions they need, Perkins can be found spending time with his wife and son, as well as enjoying the numerous outdoor activities the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
Chip Pickering has been CEO of INCOMPAS since January 2014. During that time, INCOMPAS has achieved significant growth with leading internet, backbone, business broadband, wireless, and international companies. Under his leadership, INCOMPAS has led numerous public policy campaigns promoting competition through an open internet and in the business broadband market. Pickering was a six-term Congressman representing Mississippi’s Third District. During his time in the House, he served on the Energy & Commerce Committee, where he was vice chairman from 2002 to 2006 and a member of the Telecommunications Subcommittee. He also was co-chairman and founder of the Congressional Wireless Caucus and an assistant minority whip of the House. Previously, Chip worked for Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and served as a staff member on the Senate Commerce Committee, where he helped shape the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Because of his role in drafting the 1996 Act, he became well known as a Congressional leader on telecommunications issues. While in Congress, Chip served as chair of the subcommittee overseeing the transition to the commercial internet, the establishment of domain names, registries, and internet governance. He also successfully led a bipartisan legislative effort to codify net neutrality principles through the House in 2006. Prior to joining INCOMPAS, Chip was a partner with Capitol Resources LLC, a public affairs and government relations firm, where he represented an array of telecom clients, including wireless, cable and competitive broadband providers, as well as non-profits and companies specializing in education, energy, technology and defense.
Vice President of Underlying Rights and Government Relations
Brandon Reed is Vice President of Underlying Rights and Government Relations at Zayo. He is responsible for building advocacy campaigns and establishing strategic relationships for the company across the United States, Canada and Europe. Brandon has more than 17 years of hybrid legal and lobbying experience, advocating before federal, state and local governments. Prior to joining Zayo, Brandon was a Senior Advocacy Manager at T-Mobile. Within his first year, he was named a T-Mobile Winners Circle and PEAK Award nominee, an award chosen out of 53,000+ employees and represents the top 1% at the company. Prior to T-Mobile, Brandon was an Executive Manager of federal, state and local government relations for Collier County, Florida. He also served as the chief counsel’s clerk within the U.S. Coast Guard (JAG), overseeing Macondo oil exploration following Deepwater Horizon. Brandon has held other Washington, DC based positions including with NACHA - The Electronic Payments Association, Russ Reid Firm, the Republican National Committee and the U.S. House of Representatives. Brandon received his Bachelor’s of Arts & Science from Louisiana State University and his Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center.
Vice President – Legal, Policy and Strategy
Brian is a seasoned communications and technology law and policy expert with more than a decade of experience in government and the private sector. Brian is the vice president for Legal, Policy and Strategy at Starry, Inc. In this role, Brian develops and executes Starry’s spectrum strategy in the U.S. and abroad, leads Starry’s internal and external policy development, and provides strategic guidance to Starry’s senior leaders. Prior to joining Starry, Brian held several senior positions in the FCC’s Wireless Bureau, including associate bureau chief, and chief of staff and senior legal and policy advisor. During his tenure at the FCC, Brian managed the Wireless Bureau’s spectrum policy portfolio, and helped lead the FCC’s spectrum policy coordination with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and other federal agencies. Brian played a significant role in major spectrum policy initiatives, including AWS-3, AWS-4, the Citizens Broadband Radio Service, and Spectrum Frontiers (5G). Prior to joining the FCC, Brian was the director of Government Affairs for the Wireless Infrastructure Association. Brian earned his B.S. in Economics from the University of Delaware, and his J.D. and a Certificate in Communications Law Studies from and the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America.
Head of Global Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Greg Rogers is head of Global Policy and Regulatory Affairs for Bandwidth Inc., where he leads Bandwidth’s regulatory and public policy matters. Bandwidth’s software-enabled communications platform (CPaaS) powers a wide-range of innovative VoIP and Messaging services. Bandwidth is also a leading industry provider of VoIP 9-1-1 routing services across the country. Bandwidth’s nationwide Internet Protocol-based network incorporates its wholly owned facilities-based CLEC with an interconnection footprint that spans the 48 continental states. Greg has been leading Bandwidth’s regulatory and public policy efforts since 2010. Prior to joining Bandwidth, he managed state and federal regulatory matters at Level 3 Communications. Greg is an alumnus of The Colorado College and the University of Colorado School of Law.
Founder and Executive Director
Julie Samuels is the founder and Executive Director of Tech:NYC, an organization representing New York’s fast growing, entrepreneurial tech industry. Before that she was Executive Director at Engine, a nation-wide nonprofit focused on technology entrepreneurship and advocacy, where she remains a member of the Board. Julie is a frequent commentator on technology and policy issues for national media—particularly in the intellectual property space—and she has filed briefs with the Supreme Court and testified before Congressional Committees. She previously worked at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where she was a senior staff attorney and the Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents. Before joining EFF, Julie litigated IP and entertainment cases. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Julie spent time as a legislative assistant at the Media Coalition in New York, as an assistant editor at the National Journal in D.C., and she worked at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in Champaign, IL. Julie earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt University and her B.S. in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She serves on the Boards of Engine, NY Forever, and the Internet Education Foundation, on ABNY’s Steering Committee, and on various Advisory Boards. She has been named one of Crain’s New York 40 under 40 and one of New York City’s 50 Most Powerful Women.
Christopher L. Shipley
Attorney and Policy Advisor
Chris joined INCOMPAS in 2015 as attorney and policy advisor and is responsible for representing INCOMPAS on wireless, universal service, disabilities access, media, and competition issues. Before joining INCOMPAS, Chris was an associate with LMI Advisors, advising clients in the satellite and wireless industries on regulatory issues related to experimental licensing and international market access. Earlier in his career, Chris completed a legal internship with Harris Corporation, a telecommunications equipment manufacturer, and served as the legal fellow for Rep. Anna Eshoo, the Ranking Member of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. Chris graduated from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America with a Juris Doctor in 2013 and also earned a certification from the Institute for Communications Law Studies. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2000, Chris served for three administrations as a policy analyst and grant administrator at the Arizona Governor’s Office.
Federal Communications Commission
Commissioner Geoffrey Starks believes that communications technology has the potential to be one of the most powerful forces on Earth for promoting equality and opportunity. To unlock that potential, however, all Americans must have access. From combatting internet inequality to advocating for diversity in employment, entrepreneurship, and media ownership, Commissioner Starks fights for policies designed to ensure that modern communications technology empowers every American. Starks has been a champion for the millions of Americans who lack access to or cannot afford a home internet connection. He advocates for consumer protection and accountability, particularly in managing the Universal Service Fund. Before being appointed Commissioner, Starks helped lead the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, handling a wide variety of complex investigations. At the Department of Justice, he served as a senior advisor to the Deputy Attorney General on a variety of domestic and international law enforcement matters and received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service—the highest honor award a DOJ employee can receive. Commissioner Starks is also a leader on national security policy, working to eliminate untrustworthy equipment from America’s communications networks. Before he entered federal public service, Commissioner Starks practiced law at Williams & Connolly, clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, served as a legislative staffer in the Illinois State Senate, and worked as a financial analyst. Commissioner Starks graduated from Harvard College with high honors and Yale Law School.
Attorney and Policy Advisor
Lindsay Stern is an attorney and policy advisor at INCOMPAS. Prior to joining INCOMPAS, Lindsay was a policy fellow at Public Knowledge, where she focused on issues of broadband deployment, affordability and net neutrality, and advocated for consumers at the FCC, FTC and Congress. During law school, Lindsay was a legal intern at the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in the office of Sen. Richard Durbin, as well as at the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project and Street Law, Inc. Lindsay graduated with Honors from The George Washington University Law School, where she was a member and published author of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal. Lindsay graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Franklin & Marshall College, where she received her B.A. in Government. She also spent a semester studying at the University of Edinburgh. Lindsay is a member of the New York State Bar.
Kurt Van Wagenen
President & CEO
Kurt Van Wagenen has been the president and CEO of FirstLight Fiber since October 2013 and serves on the Board of Directors. Prior to FirstLight, Van Wagenen was president and CEO of FiberTower Corporation from 2008 until 2012. From 2001 to 2007, he held executive positions at NEON Communications, including president and CEO from January 2007 until NEON was acquired by RCN Corporation. He also served as president and COO of Globix Corporation. Van Wagenen began his career at Verizon Communications and its various predecessors, holding positions of increasing responsibility. Van Wagenen earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He serves on Boards of Directors as follows: INCOMPAS as Board Chair, A Better Chance as National Board Chair, and Pathways to College. He is also a member of the School of Engineering Leadership Council for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Brian Worthen graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor's degree in Small Business Management, with an emphasis on Finance. Worthen grew up in the family motorcoach business and after college was instrumental in the company’s sale to Coach USA, which later went through a public offering and a series of acquisitions and rollups. Prior to departing the transportation industry, Worthen managed more than 300 employees in five states. He purchased ownership in Visionary Communications in 2001 and worked to develop the company’s broadband portfolio in Wyoming. Seeing an opportunity in the telecom marketplace, Worthen and his management team formed Mammoth Networks in 2005 to provide wholesale telecommunications services to ISPs and regional carriers. Mammoth quickly evolved into a Layer 2 Aggregator of disparate technologies and services onto a single, managed platform. Today, Worthen oversees strategic direction for the company’s operations from Seattle, Wash., to Minneapolis, Minn., to Albuquerque, N.M.