John Muleta, Chief of FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Joining Venable
Telecommunications veteran has been key player in developing nation's telecom
policy over the last several years; broad experience in all levels of the
industry; was previously FCC's enforcement chief
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 experience." 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 Division. 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. As one of America's top 100 law firms, Venable LLP has lawyers practicing in all areas of corporate and business law, complex litigation, intellectual property and government affairs. Venable serves corporate, institutional, governmental, nonprofit and individual clients throughout the U.S. and around the world from its base of operations in and around Washington, D.C. For more, visit http://www.venable.com . Contact: Joshua Spivak or Allan Ripp 510-849-1663 email@example.com Sarah Gudsnuk 202-344-8523 firstname.lastname@example.org
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