New Frontiers on the Information Superhighway
New Directions in Telecom
A Conversation with Assistant Secretary Larry Irving
Debra Berlyn co-founded the Competition Policy Institute in April 1996 and serves as Executive Director of the non-profit organization. As Executive Director, Ms. Berlyn manages the execution of CPI's advocacy, research, and coalition-building activities and works with the CPI senior staff to develop CPI's policy positions.
Prior to founding CPI, Ms. Berlyn served as Executive Director of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA) for over six years. NASUCA is comprised of 41 state-appointed offices of utility consumer advocates in 38 states and the District of Columbia. As Executive Director, Ms. Berlyn focused on national telecommunications and energy policy. She was responsible for overall management of the Association and served as the liaison with federal agencies and Congress on all utility issues.
Prior to joining NASUCA, Ms. Berlyn worked for several public interest organizations, developing grassroots lobbying programs and campaigns. Currently, Ms. Berlyn serves as a faculty instructor with Boston University's Washington Program. Her classes focus on shaping public policy and current national issues. Ms. Berlyn received a B.A. from American University and a M.A. from Northwestern University.
David Conn is Associate General Counsel with McLeodUSA Incorporated in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and has primary responsibility for the regulatory affairs of the company and its telecommunications subsidiaries. McLeodUSA and its subsidiaries provide integrated competitive local and long-distance telecommunications services to business and residential customers in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota, Wyoming, and Colorado.
Prior to joining McLeodUSA in October 1994, Mr. Conn was the lead telecommunications attorney for the Iowa Office of Consumer Advocate, and spent 16 years working on cases involving telecommunications, electric, and natural gas rates and policy. While with the Iowa OCA, Mr. Conn was active on the NASUCA Telecommunications Committee, and presented testimony to the United States Congress on behalf of NASUCA on privacy issues related to Caller Identification service.
Daniel Ernst directs The Strategis Group's competitive telephone market research and is primary analyst for the C-LEC and long distance markets. Mr. Ernst was primary author for The Strategis Group's publication U.S. Competitive Local Loop Market: 1996, and LMDS Marketplace 1997.
His experience in economics, industrial organization, statistics and writing enable Mr. Ernst to conduct a broad range of projects. Specializing in competitive analysis and forecasting, his research has covered: business model development, interconnection rates and issues, antitrust concerns in cellular and cable competition, PCS demand forecasting, and mobile satellite telephony demand analysis.
Mr. Ernst is a regular participant at industry conferences, and has recently spoken on such topics as: Bundling Communication Services for Consumers, Competitive Pricing Strategies, and LMDS Market Potential. His articles, "Consumer Service Trends for Bundling" and "Wireless Services: Get Ready for LMDS" respectively appeared in Tele.Com's 1996 and 1997, annual reviews.
Previously, Mr. Ernst served as a Research Reporter for U.S. News & World Report. Prior to this, he was an Economist with the Bureau of Labor Statistics. He has also worked as Research Staff for the U.S. Senate. Mr. Ernst received a B.A. in Economics from University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a M.A. in Economics, George Washington University, Washington, DC.
Gary M. Green has served as Metricom's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since October 1991. Mr. Green joined the company in January 1991 as Vice President, New Products Division. Metricom is a leader in the emerging market for wireless data communications. The company's products and services are targeted at a broad range of personal, corporate and industrial applications, including cost-effective access to the Internet, private networks and other online services.
Prior to joining Metricom, Mr. Green served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Energy Sciences, Inc., a manufacturer of electron-beam processing systems, from April 1987 to January 1991. From 1984 to April 1987, Mr. Green served as General Manager, Vacuum Products Division, of Varian Associates, Inc.
Lior Haramaty, co-founder and Vice President of technical marketing of VocalTec Communications, coordinates activities between the marketing and research and development teams for VocalTec and participates in the company strategy and product definition. In addition, he is responsible for VocalTec's customer and technical support division.
Mr. Haramaty has a vast technical background and at the age of 16 created his first commercial software package and later on served in the Communications Corps of the Israeli Defense Forces.
Gordon (Don) Hutchins, Jr. is a member of the board of directors of STAR Telecommunications, an international long distance carrier headquartered in Santa Barbara, California. He has served as a director of the company since its founding in January 1995. Hutchins also serves as a consultant to the company and has been responsible for establishing many of its key relationships with other telecommunications carriers throughout the world.
In addition, Hutchins is the president of his own management consulting firm, GH Associates, which he founded nine years ago. The firm provides consulting in the areas of strategy, marketing, and finance to telecommunications companies in this country and abroad. Previously, he had held executive positions with AT&T, MCI, and WilTel.
Tom Koutsky is the Assistant General Counsel of Covad Communications Company, a Silicon Valley-based start-up telecommunications carrier. By deploying the latest advanced technology on a blanket metropolitan-area basis, Covad provides a variety of high-bandwidth, digital subscriber line services to business and residential users. Mr. Koutsky's responsibilities include negotiating Covad's interconnection arrangements and lobbying federal regulators and legislators on the deployment of advanced telecommunications services and related Internet issues. Prior to joining Covad, Mr. Koutsky was a Senior Attorney in the Federal Communications Commission, Office of the General Counsel, Competition Division.
Terrence P. McGarty is the Managing Director of The Telmarc Group, LLC, a company he founded in 1984 and which invests in and manages several high tech start up ventures. He is currently Chairman and CEO of Zephyr Telecommunications, an international record carrier, the Chairman of COMAV, a competitive local exchange carrier, and Managing Director of CROSSCONNECT, a venture capital company.
Mr. McGarty has been active in the telecommunications industry for over thirty years. Until 1992 he was a Senior Vice President at NYNEX and the Chief Operating Officer of NYNEX Mobile, a cellular carrier. Mr. McGarty also spent five years in the CATV business, as Group President at Warner Communications, and six years in the satellite communications business as a Division Director and General Manager of COMSTAT's first non-regulated businesses. His early career was as a faculty member and research staff member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was involved in research in communications and imaging systems as well as microeconomic policy development.
He holds a Ph.D. from MIT in Electrical Engineering as well as his two other degrees from the Institute, and also studied Medicine in the joint Harvard/MIT program.
Frank Plumley is director in Standard & Poor's Corporate Finance Department. As a member of the telecommunications rating group, Mr. Plumley follows U.S. local and long distance telephone companies and is involved in rating debt issued by foreign telephone companies.
Prior to joining debt ratings, Mr. Plumley was the telephone analyst in S&P's equity research department from 1983 to 1985. Mr. Plumley holds a B.B.A. in finance from Pace University.
Lisa Rosenblum serves as Senior Vice President of Regulatory and Legal Affairs of the Telephony and Data Services division of Cablevision Systems Corporation. Ms. Rosenblum directs regulatory initiatives, legal and compliance issues for Cablevision Lightpath, the company's telephone subsidiary, as well as for Cablevision's cable modem and video-on-demand services. Ms. Rosenblum also was elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the Universal Service Administration Company, which oversees the administration of the Universal Service Fund established under the 1996 Telecommunications Act.
Ms. Rosenblum joined Cablevision following her position as Commissioner and Deputy Chair of the New York State Public Service Commission where she focused on telecommunications and competitive policies. Ms. Rosenblum also chaired the Communications Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). In this capacity, she represented the interests of state commissions before Congress and the FCC, and led the states' efforts on the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
Ms. Rosenblum holds a J.D. from the Connecticut School of Law, where she served as an editor of the Law Review, and a B.A., cum laude, in History from Yale University.
Professor of Economics
Marius Schwartz is Professor of Economics at Georgetown University. His teaching and research interests are in industrial organization, competition and regulation.
From April 1995 to June 1996, Dr. Schwartz served as Senior Economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisers, where he focused on the Telecommunications Act, competition in international satellite services, and restructuring of the electric utility industry. Since 1980 he has consulted for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice on various competition matters. In May 1997 and November 1997, he filed affidavits on behalf of the Department with the FCC, analyzing Bell Company entry into long distance telecommunications services. He has also consulted for international organizations and private clients.
Dr. Schwartz obtained his B.Sc. degree with first-class honors from the London School of Economics in 1976 and his Ph.D. in economics from UCLA in 1982.
As President and Chief Operating Officer of WinStar Broadband Services, Mr. Taylor is responsible for developing and implementing WinStar's strategy for providing data, video and Internet services. He joined the company in November 1997 with more than 20 years of telecommunications, information technology and data networking experience.
Most recently, Mr. Taylor served as President of the Custom Business Group of Southern New England Telephone (SNET). He directed the marketing, sales and service of voice, data, video and information services to SNET business customers in Connecticut, and was instrumental in establishing the company's competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) entry in the state. Previously, Mr. Taylor was Vice President, Global Marketing, at MCI Communications Corporation from 1990 to 1994. Prior to that, he held executive positions at Quotron Systems, Inc.; Telenet Communications Corp., a subsidiary of US Sprint Communications; and IBM.
He received a B.Sc.degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Hampshire.
Kathleen Wallman left the White House in November 1997 to start Wallman Strategic Consulting, providing strategic advice in the areas of telecommunications, information technology and other infrastructure issues such as retail competition in electricity. She is also a Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center.
At the White House, Ms. Wallman served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Counselor and Chief of Staff of the National Economic Council. In that capacity, she was responsible for mass media and domestic and international telecommunications l issues and for coordinating policy decisions with Cabinet agencies. Ms. Wallman was also responsible for developing the Administration's policy on introducing retail competition in the electricity industry.
Prior to joining the National Economic Council, she served as Deputy Counsel to the President in the Office of the White House Counsel from November 1995 until January 1997. Ms. Wallman began her government service at the Federal Communications Commission. At the Commission, she served in the senior staff position of Chief of the Common Carrier Bureau in 1994-1995 and as Deputy Chief of the FCC's Cable Services Bureau from March 1994 to August 1994. Ms. Wallman came to the Commission in March 1994 from the Washington, D.C. law firm of Arnold & Porter, where she was a partner.
Ms. Wallman received her B.A. from the Catholic University of America where she was graduated in 1979 summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. She earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, graduating in 1984 magna cum laude, and at the same time, a M.S. from Georgetown's Walsh School of Foreign Service, graduating with honors.