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Reed E. 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. He also serves on the board of Infinera, as well as privately held firms. In addition, Hundt is on the advisory boards of the Yale School of Management, the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, and Auctionomics, an auction-design and software firm. Hundt is Chairman of compensation committees of Intel and Infinera, and a member of the board of Tropos Networks, Telegent Systems and Vanu, Inc., also all private companies, as well as the non-profit public interest group Public Knowledge. Hundt serves as an adviser to Go Peek, a consumer electronics firm, E-Access and China Telecom. Hundt has been Principat at Charles Ross Partners, a consulting firm, since 1997. He serves as a member of the District of Columbai, Maryland and California bars (former).

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 attended high school in Washington D.C at the prestigious St. Albans School. Upon graduation he 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 was an advisor to Barack Obama on technology and communications issues during the Obama Presidential campaign, and he served on the Obama transition team. Hundt is currently the Co-Chairman of the Coalition for the Green Bank, a group of over fifty businesses and investors in alternative energy who advocate for a government-owned, wholesale, non-profit bank that would fill the void that exists in clean-energy legislation in America today.

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.



Government offices
Preceded by
James H. Quello
Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
November 1993–November 1997
Succeeded by
William E. Kennard

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