Rick is Vice President of External and State Affairs at NCTA – The Internet & Television Association. His primary responsibility is to aid State Cable Associations and cable companies in working with state regulators, legislators and policymakers. He is also responsible for outreach to think tanks, the academic community and various policy advocacy organizations and directs NCTA’s Telecom Working Group and Pole Attachments Working Group.
Rick is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Foundation, the Internet Education Foundation, the TPRC Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy, and the Advisory Council for New Mexico State University’s Center for Public Utilities. He previously served as Private Sector Chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Communications and Technology Task Force, President of the National Coalition for Technology and Education in Training (NCTET), co-chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee’s Broadband Task Force, and program chair for the three NARUC/NECA National Summits on Broadband Deployment, as well as holding leadership positions in other intergovernmental organizations. He is a recognized expert on broadband and telecommunications policy, has testified across the country before numerous state Public Service Commissions and Legislatures and has also served as an adjunct faculty member of Michigan State University’s NARUC Annual Regulatory Studies Program.
Prior to joining NCTA he worked for nearly three years as the Director of the Telecommunications Division of the Maryland Public Service Commission. Rick also worked for two and a half years at the Florida Public Service Commission with an emphasis on issues related to competition and emerging competition. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Economics from the University of Florida where he studied public utility economics in association with the Public Utility Research Center (PURC) at the University of Florida.
Rick is also a former Jeopardy TV game show winner.
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