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Paula Boyd - Participant

Paula H. Boyd is currently Regulatory Counsel to Microsoft Corporation, where she advocates Microsoft’s positions on spectrum, media and broadband issues before the FCC and in the Congress. She joined Microsoft in December 2002.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Paula was Senior Counsel to the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications where she worked from May 1997 to December 2002. There she advised Democratic members and their staff on communications issues and worked to advance their legislative and policy objectives. While there, she also drafted legislation, developed legislative strategy, organized hearings and briefings, managed consideration of bills on the Senate Floor, and advocated the Senate position in House and Senate Conferences. Specifically, she handled issues concerning broadband deployment, spectrum management, digital television transition and competition in the local telecommunications marketplace.

Paula joined the Office of the General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission in February 1994 where she reviewed draft NPRMs and orders involving broadcast issues and worked on issues involving tax certificates and preferences for designated entities in PCS. In September 1994, Paula began working with the International Bureau on satellite policy issues.

In September 1992, Paula began her legal career at the law firm of Verner, Liipfert, McPherson and Hand. There, she researched litigation, contract, transportation, and communications issues and drafted legal documents.

Paula graduated from Harvard-Radcliffe College cum laude with an AB in Sociology in 1988 and received her JD from Harvard Law School in 1992.



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