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Usdan to Step Down as Acting Director of Public-Private Initiatives

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Released: January 7, 2013


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January 7, 2013
Justin Cole, (202) 418-8191




Washington, D.C. – FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski today announced that Jordan Usdan will step
down as Acting Director of Public-Private Initiatives this month. Rebecca Hanson, Senior Advisor in the
Media Bureau, will assume the role of Acting Director of Public-Private Initiatives after Mr. Usdan’s
departure while continuing to play a leadership role in the Commission’s work with TV broadcasters in
preparation for the world’s first incentive auction.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said, “Jordan has brought tremendous energy and creative thinking to
the FCC over the past three years. He has helped drive our broadband agenda, starting with the National
Broadband Plan and more recently leading Public-Private Initiatives, to increase broadband access and
stimulate innovation across key sectors such as education and health care. Jordan has worked tirelessly to
advance education technology in schools and libraries, digital literacy, broadband adoption, cybersecurity
and mHealth. Jordan’s work to help launch Connect2Compete, a first-of-its-kind effort to help close the
broadband adoption gap, will help many Americans get online for the first time. We will miss Jordan’s
deep knowledge of the issues and his enthusiasm for technology.
“I’m delighted that Rebecca will serve as Acting Director of Public-Private Initiatives. In her three years
at the Commission she has been a major force behind the strategy and implementation of our broadcast
spectrum incentive auction, building on her significant contributions to the National Broadband Plan. Her
private sector experience in developing business partnerships in the media and telecom industries will
serve the Commission extremely well in her additional role.”
Public-Private Initiatives (PPI) was established in March, 2012, operating within the Consumer and
Governmental Affairs Bureau, to drive collaboration among government and private sector entities,
including non-profit organizations, on broadband-related national priorities. An imperative of PPI is to
advance key broadband goals, including those outlined in the National Broadband Plan, on such areas as
broadband adoption, digital literacy, technology and education, cybersecurity, public safety, job creation,
and broadband and healthcare.
Key PPI efforts include Connect2Compete, a broadband adoption program with national digital literacy
and low-cost broadband offerings; the Digital Textbooks Initiative, between the Department of Education,
the education technology industry, and non-profit organizations; cybersecurity initiatives including the
Small Business Cyber Planner and the Smartphone Security Checker, between government experts and
private IT and security companies; and the mHealth Task Force, between the health technology industry
and the federal government.

Since joining the Commission in 2009, Mr. Usdan, has fulfilled strategic roles for the National Broadband
Plan, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, the Chairman’s Office, and as Deputy Director and
Acting Director of Public-Private Initiatives. As Acting Director, Mr. Usdan helped coordinate the
Commission’s public and private partnership efforts on broadband adoption, digital textbooks,
cybersecurity, online safety, and wireless health technology. Prior to this, Mr. Usdan focused on
implementation, broadband adoption, international policies, and consumer transparency on the National
Broadband Plan. He also led the development of the FCC’s fixed and mobile broadband speed tests, the
Open Internet Apps Challenge, the Small Biz Cyber Planner, and the Smartphone Security Checker. He
joined the Commission in 2009 from Howrey LLP in Washington, D.C., where he practiced after
receiving his law degree from Georgetown University.
Rebecca Hanson joined the FCC in 2009 as Spectrum Director for the National Broadband Plan, and now
serves as Senior Advisor for Broadcast Spectrum in the FCC’s Media Bureau, where she is part of the
task force launching the first broadcast spectrum incentive auction. Prior to joining the FCC, Rebecca was
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for Sprint Nextel, responsible for the 4G wireless network business
unit in its merger with Clearwire. Prior to Sprint, she was Senior Vice President of Business Development
at XM Satellite Radio, where she oversaw XM’s programming, distribution, music copyright, technology
and other strategic partnerships. Earlier in her career, she was an attorney at the law firm of Shaw
Pittman, specializing in new media technology transactions, mergers and acquisitions, commercial
finance and venture capital.
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