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Philip Verveer

Senior Counselor, Federal Communications Commission

Philip Verveer

Philip L Verveer is Senior Counselor to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and US Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy with Ambassadorial rank from 2009 to 2013.

Mr Verveer has practiced communications and antitrust law in the government and in private law firms for more than 40 years.  From 1969 to 1981, he practiced as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, as a supervisory attorney in the bureau of Competition of the Federal Trade Commission, and as the Chief of the Cable Television Bureau, and the Common Carrier Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission.  Between 1973 and 1977, he served at the Antitrust Division’s first lead counsel in the investigation and prosecution of United States v. American Tel. & Tel. Co., the case that eventuated in the divestiture of the Bell System.  As a bureau Chief at the FCC, Mr Verveer participated in a series of decisions that enabled increased competition in video and telephone services, introduced asymmetric telecommunications regulation, and limited regulation of information services.  In 1979, Mr Verveer became a charter member of the United States Government’s Senior Executive Service and in 1980 received the Distinguished Presidential Rank award.  Between 1981 and 2009, Mr Verveer engaged in private law practice in Washington, DC.

In 1995 and 1996, Mr Verveer chaired the Federal Advisory Committee that identified the spectrum requirements necessary to afford public safety organisations efficient and interoperable wireless communications.

Mr Verveer served in the United States Army as a Captain, Military Intelligence, principally at 8th US Army Headquarters, Seoul, Korea. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

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