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Sherille Ismail

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

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Sherille Ismail (J.D.), Senior Counsel in the Federal Communications Commission ’s Office of Strategic Planning, has significant experience in communications and media policy involving the digital transition, broadband access, cable and broadcast issues. At the FCC, Mr. Ismail held several senior management positions, including Deputy Chief, Cable Services Bureau and Deputy Director, Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs.

He is the author of several publications, including: (1) Analyzing the World Bank’s Blueprint for Promoting “Information and Communications,” Federal Communications Law Journal, Volume 59, No.1 (2006); (2) Parity Rules: Mapping the Regulatory Treatment of Similar Services,” Federal Communications Law Journal, Volume 56, No.3, May 2004) (a roadmap for developing regulatory policy that promotes infrastructure investment in convergence technologies); and (3) “Broadband Access in OECD countries: A Comparative Analysis” (October 2003) (co-authored with Irene Wu) (an assessment of the effectiveness of efforts to promote broadband deployment in Korea, Canada, Japan, Europe, and the United States).

While serving in the FCC’s International Bureau, he organized and led workshops for foreign regulators, on topics ranging from promoting competition, interconnection pricing, transparent regulatory policies, separation of regulator from Ministries, spectrum allocation. Sherille joined the FCC in 1996, after serving as a member of the joint congressional conference committee staff that negotiated the Telecommunications Act of 1996. He also worked on numerous other antitrust, civil rights, and international issues (e.g., working with the UN to restore democracy to Haiti after a military coup) during his tenure as a senior legal advisor to Rep. John Conyers on the U.S. House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee.

Sherille is a graduate of the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University and Georgetown University Law Center. He was born in Sri Lanka, and lived with his family for a short time in Zambia. He first came to America as student delegate, representing Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), to the World Youth Forum which brought together students from 32 countries for a three-month stay in New York and Washington D.C.

Sherille serves in his personal capacity and not as a representative of the FCC.

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