Vice President, External and State Affairs Lead
Rick is Vice President, External and State Affairs Lead for NCTA – The Internet & Television Association. He leads a team responsible for engagement with state broadband officials, state cable associations, state and local intergovernmental groups, third parties and strategic partners, think tanks and the academic community.
Rick is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Foundation, the Internet Education Foundation, the TPRC Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy, and the Advisory Council for New Mexico State University’s Center for Public Utilities. He previously served as Private Sector Chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Communications and Technology Task Force, President of the National Coalition for Technology and Education in Training (NCTET), co-chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee’s Broadband Task Force, and program chair for the three NARUC/NECA National Summits on Broadband Deployment, as well as holding leadership positions in other intergovernmental organizations. He is a recognized expert on broadband and telecommunications policy, has testified across the country before numerous state Public Service Commissions and Legislatures and has also served as an adjunct faculty member of Michigan State University’s NARUC Annual Regulatory Studies Program.
Prior to joining NCTA, Rick was the Director of the Telecommunications Division of the Maryland Public Service Commission and worked at the Florida Public Service Commission.
Rick holds Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Economics from the University of Florida where he studied public utility economics in association with the Public Utility Research Center (PURC) at the University of Florida. He is also a former Jeopardy TV game show winner.