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Carl Povelites

Assistant Vice President, Public Policy, Mobility, AT&T

Carl Povelites

With over 20 years of experience in the wireless industry, Carl Polelites has had the opportunity to participate in and actively shape the industry’s extraordinary growth.

In his capacity as Assistant Vice President Public Policy, Mobility, Mr Povelites leads the group responsible for the development of public policy initiatives for AT&T’s wireless business, ranging from spectrum policy to emerging devices and technologies to safe driving. In 2011 he was appointed by the US Department of Commerce to serve on the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Council.

He joined AT&T Mobility (f/k/a Cingular) as Executive Director of External Affairs in December 2000. Prior to joining Cingular, Mr Povelites was Vice President - Regulatory Affairs for Evolution Networks, a start-up fibre-optic networking company. He began his telecommunications career as a pricing analyst for Contel Telephone Operations in 1986, joining GTE Wireless in 1990 responsible for state regulatory and legislative activities. While at GTE Wireless, Mr Povelites responsibilities expanded to include state and federal regulatory and legislative activities as the Assistant Vice President – Government Relations. He has also held marketing positions in the home health care industry with Everest & Jennings and Inspiron as well as service engineer positions in the oil service industry with Dowell Schlumberger.

Mr Povelites earned his Bachelors degree, a double major in economics and management, and an MBA from New Mexico State University.

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