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Patricia O'Connell
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NTIA Senior Official Karl Nebbia Affiliates with Wiley Rein LLP

January 5, 2015

Karl Nebbia, former Associate Administrator of the Office of Spectrum Management within the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), is teaming with Wiley Rein’s Communications Practice as an independent consultant.  Mr. Nebbia will advise the firm’s clients on a full range of technical spectrum issues, including domestic and international regulation and policy, transactions, federal radio communications requirements, and disputes in a variety of sectors—wireline and broadband, wireless, and satellite.

“Recognized by the U.S. government and the communications industry as a forward-thinking leader, Karl is a respected and skilled negotiator and advisor on important and highly technical spectrum issues,” said R. Michael Senkowski, chair of the firm’s Telecommunications Practice.  “He has an excellent track record in managing NTIA’s Executive branch participation in national and international studies, proposal development, and U.S. delegation activities.  He will be an invaluable asset to our clients.”

“I’m thrilled to be working with Wiley Rein’s renowned group of practitioners, who continue to set the bar for excellence in the communications industry,” said Mr. Nebbia.  “I believe my longtime NTIA experience in spectrum policy and management will be a perfect complement to the Wiley Rein team, and I look forward to working with the team and their clients.”

Mr. Nebbia joins two other key former NTIA senior officials at the firm:  partners Nancy J. Victory and Anna M. Gomez.  Ms. Victory served as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and Administrator of the NTIA, appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as his advisor on domestic and international communications policy and manager of the federal government’s use of spectrum.  Ms. Gomez, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the NTIA, developed and advocated communications and information policy on behalf of the Obama Administration before the U.S. Congress, private industry, other federal agencies, state, local and foreign governments, international organizations, and private organizations, and joined the firm in 2013.

Mr. Nebbia led the NTIA executive-level interagency Policy and Plans Steering Group (PPSG), the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC) and the Interdepartment Radio Advisory Committee (IRAC), and has testified before committees in Congress on contentious spectrum issues.  In his position as Associate Administrator in the Office of Spectrum Management at NTIA, Mr. Nebbia provided critical leadership to NTIA’s PPSG, moving spectrum policy into the hands of executive leadership, and incorporating the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Economic Council, and the National Security staff into the spectrum decision processes.  His recent efforts have focused on President Barack Obama’s calls to identify, within 10 years, 500 megahertz for wireless broadband and to facilitate greater sharing of spectrum.

Mr. Nebbia served in other senior roles and capacities at NTIA, including Deputy Associate Administrator in the Office of Spectrum Management, and as the Executive Branch lead for international radio regulatory activities, including International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC).  Mr. Nebbia received his B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.  He received numerous awards for his government service, including the Federal Communications Bar Association’s 2013 Excellence in Government Service Award.

Wiley Rein has the largest Communications Practice in the country with more than 80 attorneys, engineers, and public policy advisors assisting clients with virtually all aspects of the federal, state, and international laws governing the telecommunications, Internet, and media industries.  The Practice has extensive familiarity with the government institutions that shape and administer communications statutes and policies.  Our professionals include individuals who have occupied high-level positions at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Commerce, as well as on Capitol Hill.  These include a former Chairman of the FCC, five former FCC Commissioners, a former FCC General Counsel, a former FCC Chief of Staff, as well as the former U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy (Ambassador) at the Department of State.  This experience is enriched by the insights and creativity of veteran specialists in the laws governing wireless and wireline telecommunications carriers, Internet firms, broadcasters, programmers, cable and satellite operators, content producers, and the print media.