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Rick's Role: Never Gonna Give You Up?

Former FCC wireless bureau chief is providing some leadership on Verizon/SpectrumCo merger review 7/30/2012 12:01:00 AM Eastern

Rick Kaplan may be the FCC’s former wireless
bureau chief, but he is also the current top
advisor to chairman Julius Genachowski on the
Verizon/SpectrumCo merger review.

Kaplan, former senior counsel to the chairman,
exited his bureau chief post in mid-June when the
former chief, Ruth Milkman, returned. “We will
miss his leadership at the agency,” Genachowski
said in a May 30 announcement of the change.
Kaplan’s name no longer produces a phone
number in the FCC’s online phone directory.

But according to an ex parte letter dated
June 29, Kaplan is providing some leadership as
senior counsel for transactions, taking meetings
with activist groups on the Verizon/SpectrumCo
deal. He was still on the job as of last week,
according to an aide to one FCC commissioner.

That is familiar territory for Kaplan. According
to his FCC bio, Kaplan “helped lead” the FCC’s
reviews of Comcast/NBCU, AT&T/T-Mobile,
AT&T/Qualcomm, DISH/DBSD & TerreStar, and
most recently, Verizon Wireless’ agreement to
purchase spectrum from SpectrumCo and Cox.

A spokesman for Genachowski said the chairman
had indicated Kaplan would continue to
be involved with transactions before he left the
agency for good.

 

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