Bruce Mehlman

Bruce Mehlman is founding co-chairman of the Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA) and previously served as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy. At Commerce, he worked closely with leaders from industry, federal labs, universities and governments on issues impacting technology creators and users including innovation policy, broadband, biotechnology, tech-led economic growth, technology transfer, nanotechnology and workforce policy. Mehlman worked as telecommunications policy counsel for Cisco Systems, policy director and general counsel to the House Republican Conference under Rep. J.C. Watts (R-OK), general counsel to the National Republican Congressional Committee, and as a commercial litigation attorney in a major Washington law firm. He is a leader in Washington DC, helping Fortune 500 companies and innovative start-ups understand, anticipate and navigate the public policy environment and trends likely to impact the global marketplace.

Recent Articles By The Author

FCC's Rush to Regulate Nearly Obsolete Technology Hurts Broadband

FCC's Rush to Regulate Nearly Obsolete Technology Hurts Broadband

The Federal Communications Commission seeks to re-regulate legacy TDM copper-based business communications services in all markets across the U.S., while ignoring its own market data showing vibrant competition.

Election and Regulatory Appointments Will Determine Future of FCC, Tech and Telecom

Election and Regulatory Appointments Will Determine Future of FCC, Tech and Telecom

Direct interference in functioning, competitive markets - in which faster technologies are being deployed all the time - has a sharply negative effect on investment

Verizon Exit From Trade Group Signals a Departure From Its Entrepreneurial Roots

Verizon Exit From Trade Group Signals a Departure From Its Entrepreneurial Roots

Verizon is leaving the community of companies who believe in investment and facilities-based competition.

FCC, Stop Worrying -- the 'Special Access' Data Market Is Already Competitive

FCC, Stop Worrying -- the 'Special Access' Data Market Is Already Competitive

New economic evidence proves special access is competitive and there's no need for FCC regulation of the market.

Sprint Tells Regulators, Investors Different Stories

Sprint Tells Regulators, Investors Different Stories

The telecommunications company has told the FCC and SEC different stories, a strategy that seems to be helping the challenged telecommunications firm -- at least somewhat.

Regulators Should Take 'Yes' for an Answer to Broadband Competition

Regulators Should Take 'Yes' for an Answer to Broadband Competition

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulators, purportedly eager to promote competition, keep stifling the investment needed to advance it meaningfully.

Don't Turn Back the Regulatory Clock to Invigorate Tech Innovation

Don't Turn Back the Regulatory Clock to Invigorate Tech Innovation

While consumers clamor for new apps as fast as tech innovators can develop them, the FCC is considering for broadband the same kind of regulation railroads faced 100 years ago.