Reed Hundt

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Reed E. Hundt
Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
President Bill Clinton
Succeeded by William Kennard
Personal details
Born (1948-03-03) March 3, 1948 (age 67)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Spouse(s) Elizabeth "Betsy" Katz
Children Adam, Nathaniel and Sara Hundt
Alma mater Yale College
Yale Law School

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 is the CEO of the Coalition for Green Capital and a senior advisor to GTCR, a private equity firm. He is on the board of a number of technology companies, including Intel Corp., and is on the advisory boards of the Yale School of Management and the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority of Connecticut.[1]


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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

In 2009, Hundt became the CEO of the Coalition for Green Capital, a non-profit advocacy coalition of businesses, investors and attorneys, and a senior advisor at GTCR. He is also Principal of REH Advisors. He serves on the board of a number of technology companies, including Intel Corp., where he took the seat of legendary icon Gordon Moore upon Moore's retirement, and he is on the board of Level Money. He serves on the Board of Directors of Connecticut's Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority, and on the advisory boards of the Yale School of Management and the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors of the United Negro College Fund, an educational assistance organization. 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 serves as an adviser to Peek, LLC a consumer electronics firm and E-Access. Following his departure from the FCC, Hundt worked as an advisor to McKinsey & Company and to the Blackstone Group, and he has been Principal at Charles Ross Partners, a consulting firm, since 1997. 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.


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 e-books entitled "Zero Hour: Time to Build the Clean Power Platform (Odyssey, 2013) and, along with Blair Levin, "The Politics of Abundance: How Technology Can Fix the Budget, Revive the American Dream and Establish Obama's Legacy" (Odyssey: 2012).

Recent articles include:

  • "Scotus Protects 'The Privacies of Life,'" The Boston Review Online, June 27, 2014. [5]
  • "Saving Privacy," The Boston Review, May 19, 2014.[6]
  • "Making No Secrets About It," Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, November 2013.[7]
  • “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.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Elizabeth "Betsy" Katz. He is the father of Adam, Nathaniel and Sara Hundt.


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Government offices
Preceded by
James H. Quello
Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
November 1993–November 1997
Succeeded by
William E. Kennard