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FCC, NTIA Appoint staff to advisory committees

WASHINGTON, DC — Chairman of the FCC Jessica Rosenworcel and Assistant Secretary of Commerce Alan Davidson have each appointed staff representatives to participate in the other’s advisory committees.

“This is a critical part of the FCC and NTIA’s spectrum coordination initiative in which they are taking steps to strengthen decision-making and information-sharing processes and to work cooperatively to resolve spectrum policy issues,” the agencies note.

As part of this initiative, the agencies have committed to fostering proactive technical exchanges and engagement with industry and other federal agencies by participating in interagency advisory groups.

“To be successful as spectrum partners, the FCC and the NTIA must hear and listen to each other formally and informally,” Rosenworcel said. “Today’s appointments ensure that these critical advisory bodies can hear and communicate more cohesively with other agency experts.”

Rosenworcel selected Jessica Quinley from the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau to participate as an observer on the NTIA’s Commercial Spectrum Management Advisory Committee.

Quinley is currently acting legal counsel at the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, where she has worked for nearly three years. Prior to joining the FCC, she served as counsel counsel at the NTIA for over four years.

At NTIA, Davidson named Douglas brakea specialist in spectrum policy, and Timothy Maya Senior Advisor, to participate in the FCC’s Technology Advisory Board and its Council on Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability, respectively.

Brake, a spectrum policy specialist with the NTIA, previously led broadband and spectrum policy work at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.

May is currently a Senior Advisor in the Assistant Secretary’s Office where he has worked for four years. Prior to joining the NTIA, he was a policy analyst with the FCC’s Bureau of Public and Homeland Security.