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John Leibovitz - Participant

John Leibovitz is Special Advisor to the Chairman for Spectrum Policy and Deputy Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at the FCC.

Mr. Leibovitz plays an instrumental role in driving spectrum and wireless policy for the agency. He has played an integral role in the formulation of a comprehensive spectrum strategy for the United States, first as spectrum team lead for the National Broadband Plan and more recently as Special Advisor to the Chairman for Spectrum Policy. As Deputy Chief of the Wireless Bureau, he is responsible for implementing this strategy and other wireless policies.

Mr. Leibovitz oversees the Broadband and Mobility divisions within the Wireless Bureau. These two divisions consist of nearly 100 attorneys, engineers, and other professionals who administer a wide range of wireless services. These include bands used by the cellular industry, microwave backhaul, and numerous other wireless services. Mr. Leibovitz also leads many interactions with other Bureaus and federal agencies on strategic spectrum matters.

Projects supervised by Mr. Leibovitz include the three Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) proceedings (H Block, AWS-3, and AWS-4), the 3.5 GHz “small cells” proceeding, and the wireless service rules (band plan, etc.) for the upcoming Voluntary Incentive Auction. Mr. Leibovitz was instrumental in the genesis of the incentive auction and serves on the steering committee overseeing its implementation.

Prior to joining the FCC, Mr. Leibovitz worked on the Presidential Transition Team, where he helped to launch the Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform working group. Before that, he worked as an entrepreneur and strategy consultant in telecom with an emphasis on the wireless sector. He started his business career with McKinsey & Company in New York.

Mr. Leibovitz has written about technology and communications policy in the Yale Law Journal and the Yale Journal of Law and Technology. He received his B.A. Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.Phil. from Cambridge University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he received the prize for the best student note in the Yale Law Journal.



Federal Communications Commission


Special Advisor to the Chairman for Spectrum Policy and Deputy Bureau Chief,
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau