Policymakers

Profiles of the people who make or influence communications policy.

New FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks says digital divide, fighting robocalls among priorities

As a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, Geoffrey Starks said he hopes to make a leading priority of closing that digital divide — that is, the gulf between those with internet access and those without.

FCC Names Commissioner Starks to Joint Boards on Universal Service, Separations

The Federal Communications Commission appoints FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks to serve on the Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations and the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service.

Flexibility, Humility, Connectivity: Three Ingredients for a Successful Career

I’ve been asked tonight to reflect on my career and talk about how I’ve been able to succeed in the field of telecommunications, media and technology policy.  So, I guess I’m at that point of my career where I’ve accomplished enough to impart wisd

Appointment of Membership of Third Term of the Disability Advisory Committee

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai appointed members for the third two-year term of the FCC’s Disability Advisory Committee. Will Schell, Attorney Advisor, Disability Rights Office (DRO), Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (

T-Mobile gains a powerful ally hiring a former FCC commissioner to ‘advise’ on its Sprint merger

At a time of dysfunction in Washington, there’s at least one thing in this town that still runs like butter: The revolving door.

Chairman Pai Announces Calvosa as FCC Chief Information Officer

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced the appointment of Christine Calvosa as the FCC's Chief Information Officer.

#TechPolicySoWhite

The lack of diversity in tech policy means that regulators and lawmakers make policy decisions that impact marginalized groups from a perspective that is not inclusive of the viewpoints of these communities.

Rep Matsui Appointed Vice Chair of House Communications Subcommittee

Rep Doris Matsui (D-CA) has been appointed Vice Chair of the House Communications Subcommittee.

FCC Holds Brief Open Meeting

The Federal Communications Commission held its very brief January Open Meeting, but only to thank returning staffers and give a warm welcome its newest member, Commissioner Geoffrey Starks.

FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks Announces Staff

Federal Communications Commissioner Geoffrey Starks announced the appointment of several individuals who will serve in his office in acting capacities.