Richard E. Wiley

Senior Fellow

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Richard E. Wiley, a senior partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Wiley, Rein & Fielding, is a former Chaiman, Commissioner and General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commisssion. During his FCC tenure (1970-1977), he was a leading force in the effort to foster increased competition and lessened regulation in the communications field.

Wiley played a pivotal role in the development of HDTV in this country, serving for nine years as Chairman of the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service.  He represents a number of major communications-oriented organizations, including Verizon, AT&T, JP Morgan, Credit Suisse, Newspaper Association of America, Motorola, CBS, Belo, Gannett, Sirius/XM, Emmis, Gray Television, LG etc. Wiley also is a frequent author and lecturer on telecommunications and information law.

Wiley has been recognized three times as one of the nation’s 100 “most influential” lawyers by The National Law Journal. He has been the subject of profiles in the New York Times (“Telecommunications’ Ubiquitous Man of Influence”), the American Lawyer and the National Law Journal. He was the 1996 recipient of the Electronic Industries Association’s Medal of Honor and was recently admitted into Broadcasting & Cablemagazine’s Hall of Fame.

A native of Illinois, Wiley graduated with distinction from Northwestern (B.S. and J.D. degrees) and Georgetown (LL.M.), and has received a distinguished alumnus award from each University. He also is Chair of the Advisory Board of Columbia University’s Institute for Tele-Information.