August 4, 2010 - Michael Romano Joins NTCA as Senior Vice President of Policy
Will head newly-combined legislative and regulatory division
Arlington, Va., August 4, 2010 - National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield announced today that Michael Romano will join the association as Senior Vice President of Policy, effective August 23, 2010. In this newly created position, Romano will oversee the association's recently merged Government Affairs and Legal & Industry Divisions, with a particular focus on NTCA's regulatory and industry efforts.
Romano comes to NTCA with extensive telecommunications, media and technology industry experience. Most recently, Romano was of counsel at Bingham McCutchen, LLP, where he advised telecom carriers regarding broadband stimulus and other federal broadband network funding opportunities, and negotiated agreements on a variety of issues including equipment and software licensing and sales, outsourcing arrangements and dispute settlements, among other duties.
Prior to joining Bingham McCutchen, Romano served as vice president and general counsel of Global Telecom & Technology, was counsel in the intellectual property group at America Online, and held a number of positions in the legal department of Level 3 Communications. He began his legal career as an associate at Swidler Berlin, LLP. Romano earned a B.A. from Middlebury College and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.
"Michael's extensive experience and his existing relationships with both regulators and NTCA member telcos, make him an excellent choice to head up our policy division," Bloomfield said. "He possesses the vision, enthusiasm and expertise to lead the re-organized policy group during this extremely critical time for our industry."
NTCA combined the existing legislative and regulatory divisions as part of its new emphasis on coordinating the association's policy activity into one centralized department, in recognition of the many converging issues facing the industry. The new policy division will include additional lobbying support for NTCA's efforts on Capitol Hill, and an added focus on building industry and community relationships and mutual policy agendas with organizations that have a vested interest in the future of rural America. NTCA Vice President, Government Affairs Tom Wacker will continue to lead the day-to-day legislative operations.
"This reorganization will allow us to combine energy and efforts across legislative, regulatory and industry boundaries. It will enhance the consistency of our message and initiatives in all policy-making arenas to ensure our members are able to continue to deliver affordable and robust communications services to rural Americans," Bloomfield said.
The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association is the premier association representing more than 560 locally owned and controlled telecommunications cooperatives and commercial companies throughout rural and small-town America. NTCA provides its members with legislative, regulatory and industry representation; meetings; publications and educational programs; and an array of employee benefit programs. Visit us at www.ntca.org