FCC Names Wireless Bureau Chief

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced that Ruth Milkman will be stepping down as Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau

June 7, 2011

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WASHINGTON -- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski today announced that Ruth Milkman will be stepping down as Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau to take on new responsibilities in the Office of the Chairman; and that Rick Kaplan, currently Chief Counsel and Senior Legal Advisor to the Chairman, will succeed Ms. Milkman as Bureau Chief. The change will be effective June 20, 2011.

Ms. Milkman is departing the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau to serve as Special Counsel to the Chairman for Innovation in Government. Among her responsibilities, Ms. Milkman will lead a team to develop proposals for procedural, regulatory and statutory changes to further innovation, extending the work previously undertaken by Mary Beth Richards, the former Special Counsel to the Chairman for FCC Reform. Ms. Milkman has served as Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau since August 2009, and occupied various roles at the Commission between 1986 and 1998, including Deputy Chief of the International and Common Carrier Bureaus, and Senior Legal Advisor to Chairman Reed Hundt. She also was a founding partner of Lawler, Metzger, Milkman & Keeney, LLC, and served as law clerk to the Honorable J. Harvie Wilkinson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

“With Ruth Milkman as chief, the Wireless Bureau has reached new heights in spectrum policy development and thought leadership in the area of auctions. I am pleased that she will take on new and important responsibilities, including expansion of innovation in government,” said Chairman Genachowski.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

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