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

25th Anniversary of FCC Decision Enabling Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
A series of posts describing how this all came about. (Click on picture above)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Evan Kwerel to be Recognized
by FCBA on Thursday

Dr. Evan Kwerel of the FCC's Office of Strategic Planning & Policy Analysis will be honored at the FCBA's Spring Reception on Thursday, June 25, 2009. He will receive the FCBA’s second Excellence in Government Service award. The award was created in late 2007 to recognize individuals with long-term careers in the federal government in the field of communications who are dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in public service.

Evan was the major intellectual force behind the FCC's spectrum auction program and many other applications of economic concepts to spectrum management. He was reviled for years by some in the wireless industry for his ideas, but his pioneering work is now known and copied all over the world. He is one of the finest civil servants I ever had the honor of working with.

An old bio:
Evan Kwerel has been a senior economist in the Office of Plans and Policy at the Federal Communications Commission since 1983. He has worked on broad range of spectrum policy issues and has been a proponent of market-based approaches to spectrum management. After Congress granted the FCC auction authority in 1993, he had primary responsibility for developing the FCC's innovative simultaneous multiple round auction methodology. He has also been involved in a variety of common carrier matters, including the development of price cap regulation.

Dr. Kwerel received a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1976. From 1976 to 1982, he was an assistant professor of economics at Yale University. In 1981 he was a Brookings Economic Policy Fellow, and from 1982 to 1983, he was a senior economist with the President's Council of Economic Advisers.

Congratulations, Evan, on this honor well deserved!

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