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February 1, 2017
WASHINGTON—Matthew S. DelNero has rejoined Covington as a partner in its Communications and Media Practice Group in Washington. Mr. DelNero most recently served as Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau.
Mr. DelNero was a Covington partner from 2011 until January 2014, when he became Deputy Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau. The Chairman of the FCC promoted Mr. DelNero to Bureau Chief in May 2015.
As Bureau Chief, Mr. DelNero led a team of over 170 attorneys, economists, and other professionals. The Bureau tackled major policy questions under his leadership, including the privacy and data security obligations of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), the regulatory structure for enterprise broadband services, and landmark transactions between cable, broadband, and other telecommunications providers. He also oversaw the Bureau’s stewardship of the $8+ billion Universal Service Fund and its ongoing reforms to improve broadband access and adoption across the United States.
Mr. DelNero also played a major role in the FCC’s development of new open Internet (also known as net neutrality) rules in 2014-15. As a senior FCC official, he took part in every step of the process that elicited unprecedented input from the American public, ISPs, startups, multinational technology companies, public interest organizations, and academic experts, among others.
“The communications industry is continuing to undergo rapid and transformative change which requires lawyers to be versatile and credible across multiple disciplines,” said Yaron Dori, co-chair of the Communications & Media Practice Group. “Matt’s tenure at the FCC has only expanded the areas in which he has knowledge and depth, and we expect that to inure to the benefit of our clients.”
“I am excited to return to Covington and rejoin my friends and colleagues here after having the privilege of working at the FCC,” said Mr. DelNero. “I look forward to handling a diverse array of issues for clients in the content, telecommunications, and technology sectors and to helping develop the firm’s Media & Communications practice into the future.”
Mr. DelNero received his undergraduate degree from Tufts University and his law degree from Harvard Law School.