WASHINGTON, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- As the telecommunications industry
gears up for a new leader at the Federal Communications Commission, Venable
LLP is expanding its strong industry presence with the addition of John
Muleta, head of the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. Mr. Muleta will
be joining as a partner in the firm's Washington office, and will become
co-chair of Venable's Communications Group.
Mr. Muleta, who previously served as Deputy Bureau Chief in the Common
Carrier Bureau and also Chief of the Enforcement Division during a four-year
stint at the Commission in the mid-1990s, has led the Wireless Bureau since
January 2003. He has also held senior management positions with several major
telecom businesses over a 20-year career in the sector.
"We are delighted that John Muleta has decided to come to Venable," said
James L. Shea, managing partner of Venable. "John is a true telecom
renaissance man, with broad experience in all levels of the industry,
internationally as well as in the United States. His tenure at the FCC has
coincided with a number of milestone developments in telecommunications,
including wireless broadband deployment, spectrum leasing/secondary markets,
cell phone number portability, enhanced 911 and public safety initiatives, and
the advent of the wireless Internet."
Mr. Muleta will be joining Venable during a time of significant upheaval
and growth in the communications sector. This year has already seen a number
of major mergers and acquisitions among the key telephone industry companies.
Every major phone company in the United States has witnessed double-digit
increases in their wireless revenue year after year while at the same time the
traditional business models of mass media firms are being challenged by the
ascendancy of wireless services to over 1.5 billion people worldwide.
"The communications industry is converging into a broadband multi-media
platform. The winners are going to be the ones that provide consumers with
the greatest level of customer service wherever the consumers are," said Mr.
Muleta. "I joined Venable because it is extremely well placed to help
companies deal with these challenges. In addition to having a great telecom
practice in place, the firm also operates at the intersection of consumer
electronics; advertising, marketing and consumer protection issues; and
intellectual property law. The increasing interaction of these different
areas of law and business will undoubtedly shape the communications industry
for years and Venable is uniquely situated to meet those needs."
"John's reputation extends well beyond U.S. borders," added Frederick M.
Joyce, chair of Venable's Communications Group. "Service providers, software
developers, hardware manufacturers, and major users of communications services
will benefit from John's depth of understanding on these matters as he
combines his extensive regulatory knowledge with front-line operating
Prior to his most recent appointment at the FCC, Mr. Muleta was the
president and CEO of Source 1 Technologies LLC, a privately held systems
integration firm based in Washington, D.C. He was also a cofounder of OI
Systems Inc., a Washington-based management-consulting firm. Mr. Muleta worked
at PSINet, Inc. from 1998 to 2000, where he held the position of president for
PSINet Ventures Inc. and, prior to that, was president of PSINet's Global
Facilities Division and president of its India, Middle East and Africa
From 1994 to 1998, Mr. Muleta served in a variety of positions in the FCC,
including the Deputy Bureau Chief in the Common Carrier Bureau and Chief of
the Enforcement Division of that bureau. He began his career at GTE
Corporation and later worked at Coopers & Lybrand Consulting, LLC, before
joining the Commission in 1994.
Mr. Muleta received his B.S. in Systems Engineering at the University of
Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in 1986 and his MBA and
J.D. from the University of Virginia's Joint Degree Program in 1993, where he
received the Shermet Scholar Award for outstanding scholarship.
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