About the authors

Reed E. Hundt

Reed Hundt is the CEO of the Coalition for Green Capital, a non-profit, and he is a principal at REH Advisers. He was chairman of the Federal Communications Commission from 1993 to 1997, and he was on Barack Obama’s Presidential transition team.

He sits on the boards of directors of Intel Corporation, ASSIA, a communications software firm, and Kno, Inc., the education software company. He also serves on boards or as an advisor at the United Negro College Fund; the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority of Connecticut; the Advanced Energy Economy Institute; Yale School of Management; Peek, Inc., a mobile technology company; and Mytonomy, a social network for college planning.

Hundt has written many articles and two books: In China’s Shadow: The Crisis of American Entrepreneurship (Yale University Press, 2006) and You Say You Want A Revolution: A Story of Information Age Politics (Yale University Press, 2000). He graduated from Yale College, and Yale Law School.

Blair Levin

Blair Levin oversaw the creation of the National Broadband Plan as the executive director of the Omnibus Broadband Initiative at the Federal Communications Commission in 2009 and 2010. He is now a fellow at the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program and the executive director of Gig.U, a coalition of research university communities working to accelerate the deployment of next-generation networks in the United States.

Previously, Levin was the chief of staff at the Federal Communication Commission during Hundt’s tenure there. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and Case Commons, a non-profit seeking to transform human services through user-centered design and technology. He also is an advisor to personal.com and bandwidth.com, two privately held technology companies.

Levin graduated from Yale College, and Yale Law School and practiced law in North Carolina.