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25th Anniversary of FCC Decision Enabling Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

25th Anniversary of FCC Decision Enabling Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
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Monday, November 13, 2006

John Branscome Joins the WAM

On November, 8, 2006 Commissioner Michael J. Copps announced that John Branscome has been detailed to his office to assist in handling spectrum and international issues. As such he becomes part of the WAM (Wireless Advisors' Meeting), the inner circle of commissioners' staff that review spectrum policy issues with the top FCC staff in regular meetings. (Due to the Carter-era Government in Sunshine Act, more than 2 commissioners may not normally meet to discuss policy.)

John has been serving as Chief of the Spectrum and Competition Policy Division of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. Prior to his appointment as Division Chief, John served as Legal Advisor to the Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. He was co-chair of the FCC's Wireless Broadband Access Task Force. He also served on detail as acting legal advisor for wireless, international, and technology issues for Comm. Abernathy. He joined the FCC in 1999. Before that, he worked for the law firm of Wilkinson Barker & Knauer.

He did not have a specific role in the Spectrum Policy Task Force, which is just as well since that might be a real career hindrance in the current FCC.

Congratulations, John, on a promotion well deserved!


With this change, the apparent e-mail addresses of the WAM members are:

Fred.Campbell@fcc.gov,Barry.Ohlson@fcc.gov,Aaron.Goldberger@fcc.gov, Angela.Giancarlo@fcc.gov, John.Branscome@fcc.gov

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