SPEAKERS

Brendan Carr 
Commissioner
Federal Communications Commissioner

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, 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. 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, 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.

Rep. Bob Latta
R-Ohio
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
D-Mass.
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. 

Rep. Frank Pallone
D-N.J.
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.


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