April 15, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Charlie Firestone
Communications and Society Program
202.736.5818
firestone@aspeninstitute.org

BLAIR LEVIN, TELECOMMUNICATIONS POLICY STRATEGIST, AND
DIRECTOR OF THE FCC’S NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN, TO BE
COMMUNICATIONS AND SOCIETY FELLOW AT THE ASPEN INSTITUTE

Blair LevinApril 15, 2010.  The Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program announced today that Blair Levin, Executive Director of the Omnibus Broadband Initiative at the Federal Communications Commission, will become a Communications and Society Fellow at the Aspen Institute upon his departure from the Commission on May 7, 2010. Prior to his leading the creation of the National Broadband Plan, Levin co-headed the Technology, Innovation & Government Reform Policy Working Group of President Obama’s Technology Transition Team along with current FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. Levin, an attorney, served as chief of staff to FCC Chairman Reed Hundt from 1993 to 1997, where he oversaw the implementation of the 1996 Telecommunications Reform Act, and as a managing director at the investment firm Stifel Nicolaus.

Levin follows in the footsteps of four FCC Chairmen who took fellowships with the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program upon leaving the Commission. This tradition began with Democrats Reed Hundt (1993-97) and William Kennard (1997-2001) and continued with Republicans Michael Powell (2001-05) and Kevin Martin (2005-2009).

“Blair Levin is one of the premier communications strategists in the country,” said Charles Firestone, executive director of the Communications and Society Program. “We look forward to his advice and counsel in the next few months.” 

“I am pleased to join the Aspen Institute team,” Levin said. “There I can reflect on the impact of the National Broadband Plan and particularly its application to the international arena.”

The Communications and Society Program serves as a non-partisan venue for global leaders and experts to exchange insights on the societal impact of advances in digital technology and network communications. It also creates a multidisciplinary space in the communications policy-making world where veteran and emerging decision-makers can explore new concepts and develop new policy networks. Visit our homepage, www.aspeninstitute.org/c&s.