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Former FCC Commissioner, Strategic Policy and Communications Advisor Join the Alliance in Mission to Achieve Universal Broadband

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 13, 2011 – Former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Henry Rivera, and strategic policy and communications advisor Broderick Johnson have joined the Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA) as Strategic Counsel and Senior Advisor, respectively, the Alliance announced today.  Rivera and Johnson will devote their efforts to furthering the longtime mission of IIA, the expansion of broadband availability and adoption for all Americans, particularly increased mobile connectivity for underserved populations like communities of color and rural areas.

“Rivera and Johnson have been actively involved in the telecommunications and non-profit sectors for many years, and their experience will be invaluable as we continue working alongside public and private leaders to ensure every American is equipped with high-speed broadband Internet,” said Bruce Mehlman, IIA founder and co-chairman. “We greatly appreciate their partnership and dedication to this important mission, which has been integral to IIA since its inception seven years ago.”

Henry M. Rivera was the first Hispanic FCC Commissioner, appointed by President Ronald Reagan.  He served as a chair and member of FCC and State Department Advisory Committees, as well as a member of U.S. delegations to international telecommunications conferences.  Rivera was named one of the top 12 telecom experts in the United States by Legal Media Group’s Best of the Best, in Super Lawyers of Washington, D.C., in The Best Lawyers in America, and in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.  He’s currently a partner with Wiley Rein LLP in the firm’s telecommunications practice.

“Reaching 100 percent broadband has long been a goal of mine, as much of my career has focused on paving the way for information technologies to transform our society,” said IIA Strategic Counsel Rivera. “It is an exciting time for telecommunications policy, with real solutions to achieving this goal having been put on the table. I look forward to drawing from my experiences to shed light on a path that will lead our country to realization of broadband for all Americans.”

Broderick Johnson has an impressive track record in Washington, D.C., having started his career in the House of Representatives as an assistant legislative counsel, served as chief counsel to the House Committee on the District of Columbia, and as Democratic chief counsel to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Johnson also was an informal advisor to the Obama presidential campaign in 2008, a senior congressional affairs advisor to the Kerry campaign in 2004 and the primary liaison to the House of Representatives in the Clinton White House. He has served as a board director of philanthropic and academic groups, including Concerned Black Men, Project Northstar, the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan. Johnson was most recently a partner and a member of the executive committee at the international law firm Bryan Cave and now is a founding partner of the newly-established firm The Collins/Johnson Group, specializing in providing strategic policy and communications advice to corporations and non-profits.

“High-speed Internet is the common denominator in the advancement of education, health care and economic opportunities in modern society,” said Johnson, IIA Senior Advisor. “Closing gaps in broadband connectivity is like killing ten birds with one stone, because expanding Internet coverage nationwide makes progress across the board possible.”

The IIA has more than 40 members including Alcatel Lucent, AT&T, Ciena, The National Black Chamber of Commerce and The National Grange.  For a full list of members and more information, visit http://www.internetinnovation.org/.