Reed Hundt

Reed E. Hundt (born March 3 1948 in Ann Arbor, Michigan) was chairman of the United States Federal Communications Commission from 1993 to 1997. Appointed by President Bill Clinton, he served for most of Clinton's first term. He was succeeded by William Kennard. He oversaw the introduction of spectrum auctions and the implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that reduced substantially the rates for international telecommunications service.

After leaving the FCC, Hundt has worked as an advisor to McKinsey & Company and to the Blackstone Group. He has also joined the board of several technology companies, including Intel Corp., where he took the seat of legendary icon Gordon Moore upon Moore's retirement. In addition, Hundt is on the advisory board of Yale School of Management. He has written "You Say You Want A Revolution: A Story of Information Age Politics" (Yale:2000) and "In China's Shadow: The Crisis of American Entrepreneurship" (Yale: 2006) as part of the Future of American Democracy Foundation's Future of American Democracy Series.

Hundt earned a B.A. with Exceptional Distinction in History from Yale College (1969) (where he served as executive editor of the "Yale Daily News") and a law degree from Yale Law School (1974) where he was a member of the executive board of the Yale Law Journal. From 1975 to 1993 he practiced law at Latham & Watkins.

Hundt is an advisor to Barack Obama on technology and communications issues. He also serves on the board of the non-profit public interest group Public Knowledge.

His most recent published articles include:

* “Grid to the Twenty- First Century: Will a more networked society be a less free society?” Democracy Journal, Spring, 2008.
* “Patently Obvious” Forbes, January 30, 2006.
* “Communications Policy for 2005 and Beyond,” Hundt, R. and Rosston, G., 2005 Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research Discussion Paper No. 04-07, August 2002 in Federal Communications Law Journal, Vol. 58 No. 1, December 2005.

He is married to Elizabeth "Betsy" Katz. He is the father of Adam, Nathaniel and Sara Hundt.



* [ Reed Hundt bio at Intel]
* [ techliberation's commentary on Frontline's public interest comment filed with the FCC]
* [ gigaom commentary on Frontline and the spectrum auction]
* [ Reed Hundt bio at Public Knowledge]

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