Kathleen Q. Abernathy

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Kathleen Quinn Abernathy
Born 1956
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Citizenship American
Alma mater Marquette University
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Occupation Attorney
Employer Frontier Communications
Title Executive Vice President of Regulatory and Government Affairs
Political party
Board member of
Frontier Communications, Stanford University, ictQATAR

Kathleen Quinn Abernathy (born 1956) is an American lawyer. She is the Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President of Regulatory and Government Affairs of Frontier Communications, in its Washington, D.C. office.[1] Previously, she was a partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP, a Washington, DC communications law firm.[2] She was previously a Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2001 to 2005.[3] She graduated from Marquette University magna cum laude, and from Catholic University's Columbus School of Law.[1]

Early career[edit]

Prior to her appointment to the Federal Communications Commission, Abernathy was Vice President of Public Policy at BroadBand Office Communications; a partner at the law firm of Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP; Vice President for Regulatory Affairs at U S WEST; and Vice President for Federal Regulatory Affairs at AirTouch. Earlier in her career, she was a Legal Advisor to FCC Chairman James H. Quello, Legal Advisor to Commissioner Sherrie P. Marshall, and Special Assistant to the FCC General Counsel.[1]

FCC appointment[edit]

Abernathy was nominated to the FCC by President George W. Bush on May 1, 2001. She was sworn on May 31, 2001 and served until December 9, 2005.[3] During her tenure, Abernathy chaired the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service[4] and participated in numerous international bilateral and multilateral negotiations, including the 2002 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference and the 2003 ITU World Radiocommunications Conference. She also was appointed and served as Chair of the 2004 ITU Global Symposium for Regulators.[5]


Abernathy is married and has one daughter.