FCC's Martin and Copps Make Staff Changes

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Washington - Mar 16, 2007 - FCC Chairman Kevin Martin and FCC Commissioner Michael Copps have made some changes to their personal staffs.

Martin has named Michelle Carey as his legal advisor for media issues and Ian Dillner his legal advisor for wireline issues. In addition, Martin announced two acting advisors. Erika Olsen will be his acting wireless advisor and Nick Alexander will be his acting wireline advisor during Ian Dillner's transition to the Chairman’s Office.

Heather Dixon served as Martin's legal advisor on media matters for the past two years. Dixon's new role has not yet been announced.

Michelle Carey has been Martin's legal advisor for wireline issues since April 2005, after serving as deputy chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau since September 2004. Prior to that, she was chief of the Competition Policy Division for nearly five years and also supervised numerous adjudicatory proceedings. Carey served as deputy chief and staff attorney in the Policy and Enforcement Divisions of the former Common Carrier Bureau. Before joining the Commission,. Carey clerked for the Hart T. Mankin of the U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals.

Ian Dillner is currently legal advisor to FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate, after serving as acting legal advisor to Martin on wireline issues. Previously, Dillner served as a legal advisor to the chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau and as a senior attorney in the Competition Policy Division of the Wireline Competition Bureau.

Erika Olsen most recently served as the deputy chief of the Telecommunications Access Policy Division in the Wireline Competition Bureau. Prior to joining the Commission, Olsen was a partner at the law firm of McDermott Will and Emery.

Nick Alexander is an attorney advisor in the Competition Policy Division of the Wireline Competition Bureau. Prior to joining the commission, Alexander was an associate at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld.

Jessica Rosenworcel, senior legal advisor and advisor on media issues to Commissioner Michael Copps will leave the FCC to serve as senior legal counsel to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, working on telecommunications and media issues. Copps' office, Rosenworcel served as legal counsel to the chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau.

Bruce Gottlieb, advisor on spectrum and international issues, will serve as the Copps' primary point-of-contact for media issues and Scott Deutchman will serve as advisor on competition and universal service issues. John Branscome--on detail from his post as chief of the Spectrum and Competition Policy Division of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau--will assist on spectrum and international issues.

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