Former FCC Commissioner Kathleen Quinn Abernathy has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as a partner in the communications and information technology practice in Washington, DC.Ms. Abernathy will advise clients on a wide variety of policy and regulatory issues related to the telecommunications and media fields and will represent clients at both the federal and state levels as well as before various international and foreign regulatory agencies.
Immediately prior to joining Akin Gump, Ms. Abernathy served as a commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission. Nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate to a four-year term in 2001, she was responsible for representing the public interest in each of the policy areas under the FCC's jurisdiction, including wireless; domestic and international telecommunications; satellite; broadcast; cable; communications equipment manufacturers; and broadband, IP and other advanced communications technologies. She was intimately involved in developing and implementing domestic policy in each of these fields.
In addition, Ms. Abernathy chaired the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service and participated in numerous international bilateral and multilateral negotiations, including the 2002 International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference and the 2003 ITU World Radiocommunications Conference. She was appointed by the ITU to chair the 2004 ITU Global Symposium for Regulators.