David Turetsky is the former Bureau Chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission, tasked with ensuring public safety and homeland security by advancing state-of-the-art communications that are accessible, reliable, resilient and secure, in coordination with public and private partners. Mr. Turetsky is responsible for overseeing FCC activities pertaining to public safety, homeland security, emergency management and disaster preparedness. Mr. Turetsky brought experience from a thirty-year career in government, business and private law practice before joining the FCC. In government, Mr. Turetsky served as one of the nation's most senior antitrust law enforcers and competition policy makers. From 1993 to 1997, he served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil and Regulatory in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and, initially, as Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General. At the DoJ, he oversaw a wide range of antitrust enforcement and policy matters, including civil litigation, mergers, and regulatory policy, involving the media and telecommunications industries, energy, railroads, and agriculture and mainframe computers. He played a prominent role in interagency work to develop the Clinton Administration’s domestic and international information infrastructure and telecommunications policies, and in working with Congress to pass the Telecommunications Act of 1996. He represented the U.S government on five continents in delegations to bilateral and multilateral antitrust or telecom meetings, and represented the DoJ on the interagency group that worked for the successful conclusion of the WTO’s negotiations of an international telecommunications services accord. He also led the successful effort to pass the International Antitrust Enforcement Assistance Act of 1994. In business, Mr. Turetsky served as Senior Vice President for Law and Regulatory at a fixed-wireless telecommunications and broadband services provider that served small and medium-sized business and which he helped to bring public. He handled legal and policy issues, including regulatory compliance. While in private practice, Mr. Turetsky was twice appointed by the FCC, and by federal courts at the request of the Department of Justice, to serve as the Management Trustee of a total of 20 wireless markets. He was responsible for networks, customers, employees and outage response. He holds a B.A. in political science from Amherst College, magna cum laude, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. He also studied at the London School of Economics.
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