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Patricia O'Connell
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Wiley Rein Partner Thomas J. Navin to Co-Chair WRC-11

November 3, 2008

Wiley Rein is pleased to announce the appointment of Thomas J. Navin, a partner in the firm’s preeminent Telecommunications Practice, as Co-Chair of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Advisory Committee for the next World Radiocommunication Conference in 2011 (WRC-11).

Along with fellow Co-Chair Paul Margie, the former Senior Director for Technology Partnerships at the UN Foundation, Navin will provide advice, technical analyses and specific recommendations on matters relating to the WRC-11 and assembling U.S. industry positions on spectrum use issues.

The appointment was praised by FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, who stated in an October 29, 2008 press release, “These are two absolutely stellar appointments.  I already feel energized about the next WRC knowing that Paul Margie and Tom Navin are spearheading our country’s preparations. … I congratulate (FCC) Chairman (Kevin) Martin on these two outstanding appointments.”

Mr. Copps also noted that while working with Navin at the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau, he “greatly admired the intelligence and commitment he brought to his work.”

In a separate release, Chairman Martin cited Navin’s “exceptional willingness to forge agreement and consensus on difficult, complex issues,” and then affirmed, “I am confident that preparations for the next World Radiocommunication Conference will prove successful.”

Navin has extensive experience in a wide range of regulatory, litigation and transactional matters, including issues involving both traditional telecommunications and the Internet. Prior to joining Wiley Rein, as Chief of the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau, Navin played a key role in developing national policies governing broadband networks, VoIP services, local telephone competition, customer privacy, universal service and intercarrier compensation arrangements.  Notably, he was responsible for reviewing three of the largest telecommunications mergers in U.S. history.

With Navin’s appointment, this will be the second consecutive World Radiocommunication Conference led by a Wiley Rein partner, following Nancy J. Victory’s service as Chair for WRC-07.