Washington, DC - Mar 22, 2013 - Federal Communications Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit V. Pai will be featured in the session "Straight Talk From the Top - America's Communication Regulators" on April 9 at 10:30 a.m. (a change from the previously posted 2:30 start time) during the 2013 NAB Show in Las Vegas. During the session, NAB COO Chris Ornelas will lead a discussion with the commissioners on regulatory issues facing broadcasters.
Rosenworcel joined the Commission in May 2012, bringing a decade and a half of public and private sector communications law experience to her position. Prior to joining the agency, Rosenworcel served as senior communications counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, first under the leadership of Senator Daniel K. Inouye and later Senator John D. Rockefeller IV. In this position, she was responsible for legislation, hearings and policy development involving a wide range of communications issues, including spectrum auctions, public safety, broadband deployment, satellite television, local radio and the digital television transition.
Before joining the staff of the committee, Rosenworcel served as legal advisor to former FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps. She also served at the agency as legal counsel to the chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau and as an attorney-advisor in the Wireline Competition Bureau. Prior to entering public service, she practiced communications law at Drinker Biddle and Reath.
Pai joined the FCC as commissioner in May 2012 and is focusing on creating a regulatory environment in which competition and innovation can flourish for the benefit of American consumers. Between 2007 and 2011, Pai held several positions in the FCC's Office of General Counsel, including deputy general counsel. Prior to joining the FCC, he was a partner in the communications practice at Jenner and Block and associate general counsel at Verizon Communications.
Pai began his career in Washington in the Department of Justice, first as an honors program trial attorney on the Telecommunications Task Force in the Antitrust Division and later as senior counsel in the Office of Legal Policy. He also worked in multiple capacities for the Senate Judiciary Committee, including as chief counsel to the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Property Rights. Pai clerked for a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana following law school.
As previously announced, Commissioner Pai will also lead a session on AM radio revitalization at NAB Show on April 8 at 3 p.m.