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Ellen Blackler

Vice President Global Public Policy, The Walt Disney Company

Ellen Blackler

Ellen Blackler, Vice President, Global Public Policy at The Walt Disney Company, joined Disney in 2011. She manages public policy issues for The Walt Disney Company on a range of issues related to internet policy, human rights, privacy and children and the media.

Prior to joining Disney, Ms Blackler was on the Public Policy team at AT&T (2003- 2011) where she oversaw policy development on privacy, broadband deployment and universal service, access to ICT for people with disabilities, health care and tax related issues. She served as AT&T’s representative on the Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee (TEITAC), a federal advisory committee examining access for people with disabilities to ICT.

Ms Blackler was previously Special Assistant to the Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission. During her tenure at the FCC she led the team drafting the FCC’s annual 706 reports on the status of the availability of broadband service, as well as a team which drafted significant new rules on the accessibility of telecommunications for people with disabilities. She was also part of the management team implementing the E-rate program which provides discounted internet and telecommunications services to schools and libraries and addressing universal service issues.

She has also worked at the New York Public Service Commission and the New York State Legislature, where she handled energy and telecommunications issues.

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