Richard Lerner

FCC Office of Intergovernmental Affairs

Richard Lerner has been in the FCC’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs since August 2016.  In that capacity he serves as a liaison between the Commission and state and local government officials, explaining FCC actions and initiatives and sharing their thoughts with his Commission colleagues. For six years, his previous position was Deputy Chief of the Strategic Analysis and Negotiation Division of the International Bureau of the FCC, where he helped oversee the division’s participation in multilateral and bilateral forums, outreach to foreign regulators and cross-border negotiations. Prior to joining the International Bureau, Lerner worked in the Office of the Managing Director where he was responsible for oversight of the administrator of the Universal Service Fund. He joined the Commission in January 1995 and served as Deputy Chief of the Competitive Pricing Division of the Common Carrier Bureau from February 1998 to 2001 and as Associate Bureau Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau from 2001 to 2006.  During his tenure in the Wireline Competition Bureau, his areas of responsibility included competition policy, arbitration of interconnection agreements, access reform for both price cap and rate-of-return carriers, conversion of implicit subsidies in interstate access charges into explicit universal service support, price caps, and universal service.  Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Lerner was engaged in the private practice of law with Reed Smith Shaw & McClay.  He attended the University of North Carolina School of Law and the University of Michigan.

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