Campbell to Leave WCAI

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 7:05am
Maisie Ramsay

The head of the Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI) is exiting his post for a new job in the telecommunications industry.

The trade group announced the resignation of President and CEO Fred Campbell on Friday. 

"With his years of experience in government and academia, Mr. Campbell provided insightful leadership and a forward-thinking public policy agenda for WCAI during a time period marked by the explosive growth of demand for broadband services," WCAI said in a statement.  

Campbell could not be immediately reached for comment on his departure. He is “leaving the association to pursue a new career opportunity in telecommunications and related areas,” WCAI said. 

Campbell took his post at WCAI in August 2008 after a serving as the head of the FCC's wireless bureau for two years.  

According to his bio, during his time at the FCC he spearheaded the 700 MHz auction and a number of policy initiatives for mobile broadband, including open platform requirements, anonymous and combined bidding in spectrum auctions, a power spectral density approach to power limits, non-exclusive licensing in the 3.65 GHz band, the classification of wireless broadband as an information service and a revised initial spectrum aggregation screen.  

In an interview, board member Cathy Massey, who also serves as Clearwire's vice president of regulatory affairs and public policy, said Campbell had discussed his pending exit with the board weeks ago. His departure becomes effective around the end of the month, Massey said.  

WCAI has yet to name a replacement for Campbell.  

"We're trying to decide the future course of the organization," Massey said, explaining that WCAI has migrated away from the traditional trade association structure toward providing member services like webinars and subject level meetings. "We're looking at all different kinds of options in terms of leadership and in how the actual organization is structured.” 

The trade group is technology neutral and focuses mainly on regulations affecting wireless broadband providers. Its members include AT&T, Clearwire, CenturyLink and wireless Internet service provider JAB Broadband.    



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