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Karl Nebbia Receives 2015 Leadership in Government Award from the Satellite Industry Association

March 18, 2015

Karl Nebbia, an independent consultant who teams with Wiley Rein’s Communications Practice, has been has been awarded the 2015 Satellite Leadership in Government Award by the Satellite Industry Association (SIA). Mr. Nebbia, a former Associate Administrator in the Office of Spectrum Management at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), served in multiple senior roles during his service with NTIA; in particular, he provided critical leadership to NTIA’s executive-level interagency Policy and Plans Steering Group,moving spectrum policy into the hands of executive leadership across several federal agencies.

The award was presented on Monday at SIA’s 18th Annual Satellite Leadership Dinner at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. Decker Anstrom, Head of Delegation and U.S. Representative to the 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference, and Lt. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, provided keynote remarks to the industry executives and government officials in attendance that evening.

“SIA is pleased to recognize Karl for his support and contribution to managing the spectrum interests of the satellite industry both domestically and abroad,” said SIA President Tom Stroup. “In particular, his leadership of the Office of Spectrum Management, and his work at the ITU World Radiocommunication Conferences has ensured that the U.S. satellite industry’s spectrum requirements have been understood and considered both within NTIA and in the interagency process.”

“Spectrum’s role in our social world, our economy, our safety, our security, our scientific research grows every day,” said Mr. Nebbia. “It takes many steps to develop, launch, and operate a satellite system, but without spectrum it won’t work. To meet future spectrum needs for the satellite community, government and industry will need to collaborate and cooperate. Similarly, the terrestrial and satellite communications industries will have to work together to find common ground for the benefit of all.”

“Recently, Karl was also responsible for balancing the interests of both the satellite industry as well as the overall broadband spectrum goals of the regulatory community,” added Stacy Fuller, Chair of the SIA Board of Directors and Vice President, Regulatory Affairs at DIRECTV. “We wish to thank Karl for his service and are pleased to honor him with this award.”

As the former Associate Administrator of the Office of Spectrum Management at NTIA, which operates within the U.S. Department of Commerce, Mr. Nebbia led spectrum management for the executive branch agencies. His efforts recently focused on President Obama’s call to identify 500 megahertz for wireless broadband and to increase spectrum sharing and industry/government collaboration as tools for providing spectrum access. Mr. Nebbia previously served as NTIA’s Deputy Associate Administrator for Domestic Spectrum Management, and also has extensive international experience as the program manager.

SIA’s Satellite Leadership in Government Award is traditionally presented to a current or former government official or member of Congress who has demonstrated long-term leadership and dedication to public service on issues affecting the satellite industry and has served as an example to others in government. The award’s 12 previous recipients include former senior State Department official Richard C. Beaird, who is now a senior international policy advisor at Wiley Rein; Brian Nilsson of the White House National Security Staff; Rural Utilities Service Administrator Jonathan Adelstein; and General Pawlikowski, among others.