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Howard Symons Named Vice Chair Incentive Auction Task Force

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Released: January 30, 2014

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January 30, 2014
Justin Cole, 202-418-8191



Washington, D.C. – FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler today named Howard J. Symons Vice Chair of the
Incentive Auction Task Force. He will join Task Force Chair Gary Epstein in the management of the
Commission’s implementation of the first-ever incentive auction.
Chairman Wheeler said, “We are excited to have such a capable and experienced new Vice Chair in
Howard on the Task Force. Implementing the incentive auction is a top priority of the Commission. Not
only will his vast experience enhance the core leadership of the team, his deep expertise will help take the
incentive auction through the finish line.”
Task Force Chair Gary Epstein said, “Howard is a longtime friend and colleague and I look forward to
working with him. Recognizing the need to increase Task Force resources as we move toward the next
phase of our work on the incentive auction, Howard’s name was at the top of the list.”
Symons has been working in telecommunications in both the public and private sectors for thirty years.
Most recently, as the Chair of the Communications practice at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and
Popeo, P.C., Symons represented communications companies and trade associations on a wide range of
issues before Congress, regulatory agencies and the Courts. Before joining the firm, he served as senior
counsel to the Subcommittee on Telecommunications in the US House of Representatives. From 1978 to
1981, Symons was a staff attorney with the public interest organization founded by Ralph Nader, Public
Citizen’s Congress Watch.
Symons has taught a course in telecommunications law and regulation as an adjunct professor at George
Washington University’s National Law Center. He is the author of “The Communications Policy
Process,” in New Directions in Telecommunications Policy (Duke University Press, 1989)
Symons graduated from Yale University and earned his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.
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