Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel: click for press photo

Federal Communications Commission Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel believes that the future belongs to the connected. She works to promote greater opportunity, accessibility, and affordability in our communications services in order to ensure that all Americans get a fair shot at 21st century success. She believes strong communications markets can foster economic growth and security, enhance digital age opportunity, and enrich our civic life.

From fighting to protect net neutrality to ensuring access to the internet for students caught in the Homework Gap, Jessica has been a consistent champion for connecting all. She is a leader in spectrum policy, developing new ways to support wireless services from Wi-Fi to video and the internet of things. She also is responsible for developing policies to help expand the reach of broadband to schools, libraries, hospitals, and households across the country.

Named as one of POLITICO's 50 Politicos to Watch and profiled by InStyle Magazine in a series celebrating "women who show up, speak up and get things done," Jessica brings over two decades of communications policy experience and public service to the FCC. Prior to joining the agency, she served as Senior Communications Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, under the leadership of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV and Senator Daniel Inouye. Before entering public service, Jessica practiced communications law in Washington, DC.

She is a native of Hartford, Connecticut. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and New York University School of Law. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two children.

 

Travis Litman

Travis Litman

Acting Chief of Staff

Travis is an FCC veteran with over a decade’s experience at the agency. He served then-Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel’s office in different capacities including as Chief of Staff and Senior Legal Advisor. He also has held a variety of roles in the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau. In addition, he has served as Counsel on detail to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, where he provided assistance to the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet. Before entering public service, Travis practiced communications law in Washington, DC. He is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College and the University of Colorado School of Law.

Kate Black

Kate Black

Acting Chief Policy Advisor

Kate has served as Acting Chairwoman Rosenworcel’s Policy Advisor since 2017. She joined the office from EMILY's List, where she served as Chief of Staff. Previously, Kate served as the Vice President of Research for EMILY's List, where she was responsible for policies regarding key issues facing American families. While in this role, she also served as Executive Director of American Women. Kate has held a variety of other policy and research positions at a diverse group of organizations, including the Democratic National Committee, the Service Employees International Union, and Hillary Clinton for President. She is the co-author, with June Diane Raphael, of "Represent: The Woman's Guide to Running for Office and Changing the World," published by Workman Publishing in 2019. She is a graduate of Miami University and holds a Master of Arts from George Washington University.

Umair Javed

Umair Javed

Acting Chief Counsel

Umair serves as Acting Chairwoman Rosenworcel's Chief Counsel. From October 2017 through January 2021, he served as then-Commissioner Rosenworcel's legal advisor for wireless and international issues. Umair joined the FCC from Wiley Rein LLP, where he was an attorney in the firm's Telecom, Media, and Technology practice group. Umair also has served on U.S. delegations to treaty-writing conferences and meetings of the International Telecommunication Union and as Commissioner of the Consumer Protection Commission of Fairfax County. He graduated from the University of Virginia and received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

D’wana Terry

D’wana Terry

Acting Special Advisor to the Chairwoman and Acting Director of the Office of Workplace Diversity

D’wana will advise the Acting Chairwoman on work the agency can do to identify and redress inequities in its policies and programs while also continuing to serve as the Acting Director of the Office of Workplace Diversity. The Office of Workplace Diversity ensures that the provides employment opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, or sexual preference. D’wana has served in numerous senior positions at the FCC since joining the agency from private practice in 1994. Most recently, she was associate bureau chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau. She has also served as an associate bureau chief and chief of staff in both the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau and as acting deputy bureau chief of CGB. In addition, she previously served as chief of the Wireless Bureau’s Public Safety & Critical Infrastructure Division. She graduated from Lafayette College and received her JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Sanford Williams

Sanford Williams

Acting Special Advisor to the Chairwoman and Director, Office of Business Communications Opportunities

Sanford will advise the Acting Chairwoman on work the agency can do to identify and expand opportunities for communities that have been historically underserved while also continuing to serve as Director of the Office of Communications Business Opportunities. The Office of Communications Business Opportunities promotes competition and innovation in telecommunications and information services and supports opportunities for small, women-owned, and minority-owned communications businesses. Sanford has worked in various roles at the FCC since 1999. He also worked as an attorney for Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice and taught at Augusta State University in Georgia. Mr. Williams graduated from Cornell University where he earned an undergraduate degree in operations research and industrial engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Johnson School of Management. He earned his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law where he was a member of the Virginia Law Review.

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Trent Harkrader

Acting Special Advisor to the Chairwoman and Deputy Bureau Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau

Trent will advise the Acting Chairwoman on implementation of the recent Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, including its initiatives on broadband adoption and telehealth, while also continuing to serve as Deputy Bureau Chief in the Wireline Competition Bureau. Trent has been responsible for numerous Commission broadband policy initiatives since 2011. He has led major reforms of all four of the Commission’s universal service programs, spearheaded the agency’s work on the national security supply chain proceeding and, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ran the Commission-wide initiative to help fund health care providers offering essential telehealth services to patients. Before joining the Bureau, Trent was an attorney advisor and division manager in the Enforcement Bureau.

Holly Saurer

Holly Saurer

Acting Legal Advisor, Media

Holly joins the office from the Media Bureau, where she has held several positions, including Deputy Bureau Chief, Associate Bureau Chief, Senior Legal Advisor and Attorney-Advisor with the Media Bureau’s Policy Division. Holly has previously served as an Acting Media Advisor for Commissioners Rosenworcel and Clyburn, and an International and Consumer Affairs Legal Advisor for Chairman Wheeler. Prior to joining the Commission, Holly worked at the Washington, DC offices of Drinker Biddle & Reath and Miller & Van Eaton. Holly received her JD from American University and graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communication.

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David Strickland

Acting Legal Advisor, Consumer, Enforcement, and International

David joins the office from the Enforcement Bureau, where he most recently served as Assistant Bureau Chief, managing consumer protection, privacy, and media enforcement matters. David also served as Assistant Division Chief in the International Bureau, where he worked on a variety of satellite, telecommunications policy, and spectrum-related issues. Before joining the FCC, he was an attorney in private practice, specializing in litigation and antitrust issues. David is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Harvard Law School.

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Ramesh Nagarajan

Acting Legal Advisor, Wireline

Ramesh joins the office from the Wireline Competition Bureau, where he was most recently Deputy Division Chief of the Competition Policy Division. He also served as a law clerk to United States District Judge James D. Whittemore in the Middle District of Florida. Ramesh began his legal career practicing antitrust and competition law at O'Melveny & Myers LLP. Before attending law school, he served as a Legislative Assistant to Representative Lois Capps. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

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Ethan Lucarelli

Acting Legal Advisor, Wireless and Public Safety

Ethan joins the office from the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, where he served as legal and policy advisor to the Bureau Chief. Previously, Ethan was Director of Regulatory & Public Policy at Inmarsat, a global satellite communications company, and an attorney in the Telecommunications, Media, and Technology group at law firm Wiley Rein LLP. Ethan also is a Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School, teaching courses in Telecommunications Law and Scholarly Writing. Ethan earned his JD with highest honors from George Washington University Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Illinois.

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Aurelle Porter

Acting Staff Assistant

Aurelle has worked in then-Commissioner Rosenworcel’s office since 2018 and has been at the Federal Communications Commission since 2006. During her time at the agency, she has served as Special Assistant in the Office of Legislative Affairs and as a Staff Assistant to former FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin.

Andi Roane-Wiley

Andi Roane

Acting Confidential Assistant

Andi joins the office after serving in the offices of former Chairman Pai, former Chairman Wheeler, and Commissioner Simington. In prior FCC service, Andi served as the special assistant to the chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. Previously, she worked as an executive assistant for more than two decades in the private sector.

June 15, 2021

The Emergency Connectivity Fund is Coming! Are you ready?

Jessica Rosenworcel | Acting Chairwoman

As many Americans celebrate their first in-person get togethers in months and as more and more of us receive the COVID-19 vaccine, we can’t forget the lessons learned during the height of the pandemic. We all remember those viral photos of kids staking out fast food restaurant parking lots just to catch a W-Fi signal to join the virtual classroom. Despite declining infection rates, this situation persists for too many students and families without broadband at home.

To help provide relief for millions of Americans still struggling to connect and stay online, the Federal Communications Commission adopted rules in May to set up a new Emergency Connectivity Fund. This is a big deal. It’s the largest single effort in our nation’s history to make sure students have access to the broadband and devices they need for school. Established by the American Rescue Plan, the ECF will help close the Homework Gap so that kids who have been locked out of remote learning can go online for class and do nightly schoolwork that requires internet access. Plus, it will make it possible for libraries nationwide to offer their patrons—including students—new ways to go online and bring connectivity home.

Today, the Federal Communications Commission announced that the Emergency Connectivity Fund application filing window will open on June 29, 2021—just two weeks away—and close on August 13. The opening of the filing window will start the process of awarding $7.17 billion in funds to support the purchase of connected devices (laptop and tablet computers), Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers, and broadband connections for off-campus use to serve the unmet needs of students, school staff, and library patrons.

Interested schools and libraries are encouraged to start planning now, so that they can hit the ground running when the 45-day application filing window opens. Here are some things you can do to get started.

Closing the Homework Gap is a top priority of mine, even from my early days on the Commission. We are excited for the launch of the Emergency Connectivity Fund and look forward to working with schools and libraries to meet their critical connectivity needs during the COVID-19 emergency period and beyond. Now, that’s something worth celebrating.

Jessica

May 26, 2021

June Open Meeting Agenda

Jessica Rosenworcel | Acting Chairwoman

This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. While school is letting out and long-postponed vacations are getting underway, the FCC is still hard at work, and I am pleased to announce a packed agenda for our June meeting. Here’s what you can expect.

  • We’re expanding the Commission’s efforts to secure the nation’s communications networks beyond the agency’s universal service programs. The FCC must do all it can within its legal authority to address national security threats. So we are starting a proceeding to explore how we can update our equipment authorization rules and competitive bidding procedures to help keep insecure devices off the market. We will be voting on a plan to prevent authorizations of equipment that pose a significant threat to national security or to the safety of U.S. persons and to require additional national security certifications from applications who wish to participate in FCC auctions. We are also asking questions about how to create incentives for device manufacturers to adopt better cybersecurity processes.
  • We’re speeding the development of new technologies. While we take action to limit the presence of insecure equipment in the market, we also are taking action to help speed the way for trustworthy innovation that will help advance U.S. leadership. The FCC’s equipment authorization program helps to make sure that the latest smartphones, laptops, and other gadgets work as intended and don’t create harmful interference. To help our review process keep pace with the rate of innovation, we will vote on rules to expand opportunities to import, market, and conditionally sell radiofrequency equipment, including mobile devices, prior to the equipment completing the equipment authorization process. The new rules would allow manufacturers to gauge consumer interest for new products and take advantage of new mechanisms for marketing devices, like crowdfunding, while still ensuring that the important goals of the equipment authorization system and security are not undermined.
  • We’re improving emergency alerting. During natural disasters and other emergencies, a few moments of advanced warning can make all the difference. The Commission will be voting on rules to expand FEMA’s ability to send Wireless Emergency Alerts that disseminate important information during national emergencies, to improve emergency communications organization and planning at the state level, and to enable new reporting for false alerts.
  • We’re cracking down again on unwanted robocalls. Our fight against robocalls continues with another step to help provide relief from unwanted robocalls. Consistent with the Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act (TRACED Act), we will vote to adopt a streamlined process that will allow private entities (e.g., hospitals and other institutions) to alert the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau about suspected unlawful robocalls and spoofed Caller ID attempts.
  • We’re expanding access to telehealth services in the home. The Commission has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to expand the capacity of hospitals and community health centers to provide telehealth services. Our Connected Care Pilot Program supports telehealth services delivered directly to patients outside of traditional medical facilities—including the home. This June, we will vote on an order to provide guidance to selected applicants on eligible services, competitive bidding, invoicing, and data reporting.
  • We’re exploring spectrum options for the fishing industry. Ships and shore stations currently rely on a maritime navigation system called Automatic Identification System (AIS) to monitor and track ships and exchange safety-related information. Congress has asked the Commission to explore whether we can safely authorize devices used to mark fishing equipment for use on AIS channels while maintaining the core purpose of these channels to prevent maritime accidents. The Commission will answer Congress’s call by considering an item that seeks comment on this issue in addition to alternative spectrum options for devices used to mark fishing equipment.
  • We’re addressing diverse, local voices in the media. Last year, the Commission modified the low power FM (LPFM) engineering rules to improve LPFM reception and options for station relocation while maintaining core LPFM goals of simplicity, diversity, and localism. This June, we will address two petitions seeking reconsideration of those rule changes, which will provide clarity and finality to these rules, bringing us one step closer to opening an application window for new LPFM stations.
  • We will wrap up our June meeting with an item from our Enforcement Bureau.
May 13, 2021

Help Has Arrived

Jessica Rosenworcel | Acting Chairwoman

This is a big week for the FCC. More important, this is a big week for the millions of Americans who want to get and stay connected.

During the pandemic, the entire world moved online. As a result, the digital divide became a growing chasm. Suddenly, Internet access was not just nice-to-have, it was a must-have for work, healthcare, school, and beyond. For millions of people, including 17 million school children, who lack Internet access at home, this shift put them in crisis. And nearly 1 in 3 Americans say they are worried about how they’re going to pay their broadband bill.

For the past few months, my message to these Americans has been that help is on the way. Today, I can say that help has arrived.

As part of the new Emergency Broadband Benefit, millions of Americans are now eligible to receive substantial discounts on broadband service and computers.

If you qualify for Medicaid, SNAP, free-and-reduced school lunches, Lifeline, Pell Grants, or other low-cost service offerings, you can go to a local broadband provider and get a discount of up to $50 a month for broadband service, or up to $75 a month if you live on Tribal lands. Participants can also receive a one-time, $100 discount on a computer or tablet.

To sign up, eligible participants can contact participating providers directly, or they can go to fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit.

People won’t receive the discount if they don’t sign up. So, the Commission is calling on all our stakeholders to help us get the word out about the Emergency Broadband Benefit and help get people connected.

But, wait! There’s more.

This week, the Commission also adopted rules to establish the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program. This $7.2 billion program will enable schools and libraries to purchase laptop and tablet computers, Wi-Fi hotspots, and broadband connectivity.

Between this Emergency Connectivity Fund Program and the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, we are investing more than $10 billion in American students and households. To put the scale of that investment in perspective, the Emergency Connectivity Fund is the largest single effort in our nation’s history to make sure students have access to the broadband and devices they need for school. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is by far the largest-ever broadband affordability program we’ve ever had. Adopting rules for an unprecedented program and going live with another is not a bad week’s work for the FCC. It’s an even better week for the millions of Americans who will benefit from these programs.

April 28, 2021

May Open Meeting Agenda

Jessica Rosenworcel | Acting Chairwoman

This Friday marks the 100th day since my appointment as Acting Chairwoman of the FCC. As with any milestone, it is just as important to look back at what we’ve accomplished, as it is to look to the future. And I’m pleased to announce an agenda for our May meeting that will advance multiple measures to tackle issues that have been longstanding at the Commission.

  • We’re lowering the high cost for Americans to call incarcerated loved ones. Despite evidence that regular contact with family can reduce recidivism, the 2.3 million people in U.S. jails and prisons and their loved ones often have to pay egregiously high rates to talk on the phone. This May, the Commission will vote to lower interstate phone rates by 33-to-42% for the vast majority of incarcerated people and also limit international rates for the first time. It’s been nearly two decades since Martha Wright, a grandmother who simply wanted to talk to her grandson, filed a petition calling on the FCC to do something about the high rates that incarcerated persons and their families pay to stay in touch. Next month, the Commission will take another step in addressing this longstanding issue.
  • We’re strengthening a vital service for Americans who use sign language. Video Relay Services make it possible for individuals with hearing and speech impairments to connect with others. Using a broadband video link, the VRS user signs to a communications assistant, who interprets the signs by voice to the telephone user and signs the response back to the VRS user. To keep this program on solid footing, the Commission will vote on an item to extend the current VRS compensation rates through the end of 2021, while seeking comment on provider compensation for the future.
  • We’re continuing to crack down on unwanted robocalls. Many of us have been duped by automated calls with “spoofed” numbers that look like they are coming from somebody in your community. For years, we’ve heard about caller ID technology known as STIR/SHAKEN that promises to authenticate phone numbers and make it easier to block fraudulent calls before they ever reach your phone. The FCC has set a deadline for most large voice providers to implement STIR/SHAKEN by June 2021, but we gave small voice providers a two-year extension to adopt this technology. Faced with new evidence that an increasing quantity of illegal robocalls are originating with a subset of small voice providers, I’ve circulated a proposal to shorten this extension for some companies who are likely to be the source of illegal robocalls.
  • We’re providing regulatory relief for small phone and internet providers. When companies that receive model-based and rate-of-return universal service seek to merge, the Commission applies its “mixed support” merger condition to prevent gaming of the system. But in some circumstances applying this condition doesn’t make sense and can even get in the way of providing broadband service in rural areas. So, next month we will consider an order to clarify our policies and fix this situation.
  • Lastly the Commission will consider two enforcement matters.
March 31, 2021

April Open Meeting Agenda

Jessica Rosenworcel | Acting Chairwoman

Tomorrow is Opening Day at ballparks across America, but I’m not waiting until then to roll out our lineup for the FCC’s April meeting. Here’s what’s on deck:

  • We’re advancing U.S. leadership in a new era of commercial space launches. Thanks to powerfully innovative American companies, commercial space launches are becoming more common. Last year, United States companies sent 39 rockets into orbit, up from only 7 in 2012. Yet despite the revolutionary activity in our atmosphere, the regulatory frameworks we rely on to support these efforts are dated. The FCC will vote on a proposal to make much needed spectrum available for the first time to support the private launch industry. We will also consider a rulemaking to explore how the FCC can continue to support future communications needs of this growing industry.
  • We’re making it easier to access mental health and suicide prevention services. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline—1-800-273-8255—helps people in crisis. Beginning next summer, you will be able to reach the Lifeline to have a voice conversation by dialing just three digits—988. I’ve circulated a proposal for the Commission to consider the next step—requiring carriers to support text messaging to 988. This change could make it even easier for vulnerable communities, including young people, low-income individuals, LGBTQ individuals, and individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing, to connect and seek the help they need.
  • We’re continuing our efforts to improve the reliability of 911. Over the last two months we’ve taken action to stop 911 fee diversion, better prepare for emergencies like Winter Storm Uri, and update the way Americans receive emergency alerts. Now we will consider a proposal to harmonize and strengthen our rules for reporting 911 outages. Better outage reporting can save people from wasting time on repeated 911 calls that won’t be answered, which can ultimately save lives.
  • We’re opening the door to new wireless microphone technologies. Whether they run a music venue or a convention center, users of wireless microphones want the spectrum capacity to accommodate multiple speakers or performers. An emerging technology called Wireless Multi-Channel Audio System (WMAS) uses spectrum more efficiently, which enables the use of more microphones per megahertz of spectrum available. The Commission will vote on a proposal to allow this new wireless microphone system to operate on a licensed basis, while also exploring the use of this technology on an unlicensed basis.
  • We’re enhancing transparency of foreign-government-sponsored programming. If you are consuming programming broadcast over the public airwaves, you have the right to know who is behind that content. Although the law restricts foreign governments and their representatives from holding a broadcast license directly, foreign governmental entities are increasingly purchasing time on domestic broadcast stations. At the April Open Meeting, the Commission will vote to adopt new sponsorship identification requirements to disclose when foreign governments or their representatives lease time to broadcast content on our airwaves. These rules will help to ensure transparency of foreign government-sponsored broadcast content in the United States.
  • We’re expanding educational programming over FM airwaves. This past October, the Commission announced it would open an application filing window for new noncommercial educational (NCE) FM stations, the first in over a decade. The Commission also sought public comment on what would be an appropriate limit for applications. In three weeks, the Commission will vote on a Public Notice that sets that applications cap at 10. The public record and prior experience shows that the 10-application cap strikes the best balance of the Commission’s objectives—providing a meaningful opportunity for applicants to file for new NCE FM stations in to expand service while, at the same time, deterring speculative applications and procedural delays.
  • We’re closing the books on the successful reconfiguration of spectrum for public safety systems. In 2004, the Commission adopted a plan to relocate Sprint’s commercial services in the upper range of the 800 MHz band while relocating public safety services to the lower end of the band. Over 2,100 licensees have been successfully relocated to new channels in the band, with no interruption to public safety communications during the transition. The re-banding process is now essentially complete. Accordingly, the Commission will consider an Order to close out the re-banding program and terminate the proceeding.
  • Lastly, the Commission will consider an enforcement matter.

Jessica

Broadband: With Jessica Rosenworcel

Broadband Conversations

Dedicated to amplifying the voices of women who are making a difference in our digital lives.

Broadband Conversations is dedicated to highlighting women who are making an impact on our digital lives. Each episode, Federal Communications Commission Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel will talk to women who are breaking new ground and forging new paths in technology, media, and innovation about what they're working on, what's on their minds, what they think is the next for the future. Because there are just too few, it's time to amplify these women's voices.

Episodes

#2513 minutes

Congresswoman Grace Meng

Meet Congresswoman Grace Meng, the first female member of Congress from Queens, New York since Vice Presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro. She's also a member of the Rural Broadband Task Force in the House of Representatives—which you might not expect—because as she notes on the episode, almost 30% of New York City households lack broadband at home. This is a problem for children who need the internet to complete their nightly schoolwork. Listeners will learn about legislation the Congresswoman has proposed to address this problem, known as the Homework Gap, by helping libraries and schools create mobile hotspot lending programs to ensure students can get online at home.

#2422 minutes

Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden

"Librarians are the original search engines." Those are the words of Dr. Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress and the featured guest on this episode of Broadband Conversations. Dr. Hayden is the first woman and the first African American to serve as the Librarian of Congress. Under her historic leadership, she is working to ensure that the 171 million items in the Library's collection—from the diaries of Susan B. Anthony to the Gettysburg Address to the papers of Rosa Parks—are open and accessible to all.

#2326 minutes

Peggy Schaffer, Executive Director of ConnectME

Maine is one of the most rural states in the nation. So when it comes to broadband deployment, there are special challenges to ensuring the digital age reaches all. On this episode of Broadband Conversations, listeners will meet Peggy Schaffer, the woman leading the effort at Maine's Broadband Authority to bring internet connectivity, and the economic opportunities that come with it, to every community in the state.

#2222 minutes

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

For any entrepreneur, turning a good idea into a business is hard work. But thankfully, small businesses have Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez fighting for them in Congress. As Chairwoman of the Small Business Committee, Congresswoman Velazquez is working to ensure that those who want to create businesses—including women, have every tool at their disposal. On this episode, the Congresswoman describes her historic path to Washington, her commitment to a level playing field, and her hopes for a democratic and inclusive digital future.

#2118 minutes

Congresswoman Lori Trahan

For over a year, the FCC has been silent about its investigation into the sale of geolocation data from wireless phones, affecting the privacy of anyone with a smartphone. On this episode listeners will hear not only how Congresswoman Lori Trahan and Commissioner Rosenworcel worked together to address this issue, but they will also hear how Rep. Trahan worked her way up from college volleyball player to CEO to Congresswoman.

#2039 minutes

Federal Trade Commissioner Rebecca Slaughter

The Federal Trade Commission has an important mission—protecting consumers and competition. On today's episode, FTC Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter discusses the ways the FTC carries out its mandate and works on behalf of consumers to protect our privacy and our data. Listeners will also hear her personal story about how as a new mom she employed a BYOB—bring your own baby—policy when she first joined the FTC and why she believes more women and mothers need to be at the table where decisions are being made.

#1927 minutes

Ambassador Grace Koh

In one week, 193 countries from around the globe will gather in Egypt for the World Radio Communications Conference. On this episode of Broadband Conversations, Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel speaks to the woman leading the United States' delegation: Ambassador Grace Koh. She is a dedicated public servant and a spectrum policy expert. She most recently served as Special Assistant to the President for Technology, Telecom and Cyber-Security Policy at the national Economic Council.

#1822 minutes

Girl Scout CEO Sylvia Acevedo

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, this episode of Broadband Conversations features Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. She is a longtime advocate for STEM education, engineer, and author of "Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist." In her conversation with Commissioner Rosenworcel, Sylvia how it was her own Girl Scout troop leader who noticed her early interest in space and encouraged her to earn a science badge by building a model rocket. That experience led Sylvia down a path to eventually becoming a rocket scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Listeners will also hear how under Sylvia's leadership Girl Scouts are encouraged to take on science, technology, math, and engineering projects and pursue badges in areas like cybersecurity. In fact, as a result of her efforts, during the past six months over 84,000 Girls Scouts have earned cybersecurity badges.

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Broadband Conversations, we flipped the script and had Commissioner Rosenworcel answer some of our big questions. Listeners will get to hear the Commissioner talk about some of her favorite conversations and also hear her share her story, her advice, and what she hopes for the future of digital life.

#1616 minutes

NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins

In 2016, NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins spent 115 days in space—or as she would say, 115 days "off planet." On this episode of Broadband Conversations, listeners will get to hear Rubins, a biologist by training, describe life on the International Space Station and the process of re-entering life back on Earth. As a NASA astronaut, Rubin's shares how she went from a little girl with a dream to be among the stars to the reality of spending nearly 13 hours of spacewalk time.