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.
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.
At the FCC, Hundt oversaw the introduction of spectrum auctions and the implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that were supposed to substantially reduce the rates for international telecommunications service. Hundt has claimed that, while a Commissioner, he was critical at the provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that relaxed rules preventing the consolidation of radio station ownership in the hands of a few companies.
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 Directors of the United Negro College Fund, an educational assistance organization, and Connecticut's Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority. In addition, Hundt is on the advisory boards of the Yale School of Management and the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity. Hundt is Chairman of the Aspen Institute IDEA Project, a forum of technology and communications firms, governmental officials, and non-governmental organizations addressing solutions to problems of the international ICT sector. Hundt is a Member of the Audit Committee for the Alliance for Climate Change and is a consultant to Skadden, Arps. Hundt serves as an adviser to Peek, LLC a consumer electronics firm and E-Access. Hundt has been Principal at Charles Ross Partners, a consulting firm, since 1997 and is Principal of REH Advisors, an advisory firm serving private firms. He serves as a member of the District of Columbia bar.
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 CEO of the Coalition for Green Capital, a non-profit advocacy coalition of businesses, investors and attorneys.
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. Most recently, Hundt published an e-book along with Blair Levin entitled "The Politics of Abundance: How Technology Can Fix the Budget, Revive the American Dream and Establish Obama's Legacy" (Odyssey: 2012).
Recent articles include:
- “A Broadband Solution to Fiscal Crises,” (Co-Authored with Blar Levin). ComputerWorld, December 10, 2012
- “Democrats and Republicans Should Come Together to Support a Future of Abundance,” (Co-Authored with Blair Levin). Innovation by Techdirt, November 14, 2012
- “For A Politics of Abundance, Growth First,” (Co-Authored with Blair Levin). San Jose Mercury News, November 12, 2012
- “How the Government Saved the Internet,” TechCrunch, August 19, 2012
- “Wireless: The Common Medium of Conversation,” New York Law School, Media Law & Policy Vol 20.1 pp. 95-115 (2011)
- “Rebuild American Infrastructure: Companies’ Offshore Profits Can Help,” The Washington Post Opinions, June 16, 2011 (with Thomas Mann).
- “The Internet as ‘The Common Medium,’” New York Law School, Media Law & Policy Vol. 19.2 (2010-2011)
- “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.
- techliberation's commentary on Frontline's public interest comment filed with the FCC
- gigaom commentary on Frontline and the spectrum auction
- Reed Hundt bio at Public Knowledge
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|Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
November 1993–November 1997
William E. Kennard