Gene Kimmelman

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Gene Kimmelman is a consumer protection advocate who specializes in competition law and United States antitrust law.


Kimmelman participated in the Fulbright Program and attended the University of Copenhagen.[1] He received his law degree from the University of Virginia.[1] He is a senior fellow at the University of Colorado Law School.[1]


Kimmelman began his public advocacy career as a staff attorney for Public Citizen's Congress Watch.[1] He was an attorney at Consumer Federation of America for ten years. He was chief counsel for two years on the United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights.[1] He served as vice president for Federal and International Affairs at Consumers Union, staying with the organization for more than 30 years. He was lead consumer advocate for the Telecommunications Act of 1996.[2] In 2009 he joined the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division when Christine A. Varney chose Kimmelman as a senior adviser. While in the Antitrust Division he oversaw and approved the Comcast NBC merger. He also advocated bringing Apple Inc. to court over price fixing of ebooks and was a major player in opposing the attempted purchase of T-Mobile USA by AT&T. On January 15, 2014, Public Knowledge announced that Kimmelman was appointed as their President and Chief Executive Officer.[3]

Kimmelman advocated that cell phone users should proportionally subsidize government communications infrastructure to non-cellphone users, so that services to low-income regions could be improved.[4][5][6][7] He oversaw the merger of Ticketmaster and Livenation.[8][9][10]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Gene Kimmelman". New America Foundation. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ "OUTFOXED: Featured Interviewees". Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Public Knowledge Appoints Gene Kimmelman as New President and CEO". Public Knowledge. Archived from the original on 2014-01-16. Retrieved 2014-07-21. 
  4. ^ Ho, David (Dec 14, 2002). "Cell phone users will pay a bit more". Sunday Free Lance-Star. 
  5. ^ Kang, Cecilia (9 July 2012). "Obama’s ‘secret weapon’ on antitrust leaves Justice - Washington Post". Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ "USDOJ: Antitrust Division U.S. v. Apple, Inc., Hachette Book Group, Inc., et al.". 10 July 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Kaiser, Tiffany (10 July 2013). "DailyTech - Judge Finds Apple Guilty of E-Book Price Fixing". DailyTech. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Kang, Cecilia (9 July 2012). "Obama’s ‘secret weapon’ on antitrust leaves Justice - Washington Post". Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  9. ^ Buskirk, Eliot Van (25 January 2010). "DOJ Approves Modified Ticketmaster, Live Nation Merger | Wired Business". Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  10. ^ Chmielewski, Dawn C; Fritz, Ben; Lewis, Randy (2013). "Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger gets Justice Department's approval - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 10 July 2013. 

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