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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

New Staff At the FCC Media Bureau, Wireline Competition Bureau

From the FCC, announcement of new staff:

Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced senior staff in the Media Bureau, Enforcement Bureau, and Wireline Competition Bureau including: Media Bureau Chief William Lake and Wireline Competition Bureau Chief Sharon Gillett. Other appointments announced today include Media Bureau Deputy Chiefs Robert Ratcliffe and Kris Monteith and Enforcement Bureau Deputy Chief Suzanne Tetreault, who will join the other senior staff in those bureaus. 

“This extraordinarily talented senior staff has extensive experience in the private sector, the academy, and the public sector, including here at the FCC and in state government,” said Chairman Genachowski.  “With their help, the agency will pursue policies that advance a vibrant media sector, unleash innovation and job creation, protect consumers, and promote competition.” 

Media Bureau

Chief, Media Bureau, William Lake:  Mr. Lake most recently served as the head of the DTV task force at the FCC.  Previously, Mr. Lake was a partner at WilmerHale in Washington, D.C., where he led the communications regulatory practice for many years.  In government, Mr. Lake has previously held positions at the Department of State, EPA, and the Council on Environmental Quality.  He began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable John M. Harlan of the U.S Supreme Court and the Honorable Henry J. Friendly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Deputy Chief, Media Bureau, Robert Ratcliffe:  Mr. Ratcliffe most recently served as the Acting Chief of the Media Bureau.  Previously, he was a Deputy Chief of the Enforcement Bureau, where he was responsible for media enforcement matters.  Prior to his assignment to the Enforcement Bureau, Mr. Ratcliffe spent more than 20 years in various positions in the Media Bureau and its predecessors, including Deputy Chief of the Bureau, senior legal advisor to the Bureau Chief and Assistant Chief of the Video Services Division and the Policy and Rules Division.  He also served as interim legal advisor on media issues to former Chairman Alfred Sikes in 1989.  Mr. Ratcliffe began his career at the FCC in the original Cable Television Bureau, where he served as Chief of the Policy Review and Development Division and the Research Division before the bureau was combined with the Broadcast Bureau in the early 1980s.

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