Robert Atkinson — Director of Policy Studies

Bob Atkinson joined CITI in 2000 for the purpose of expanding CITI into a Sloan center for telecommunications research. At CITI, he has written on a number of regulatory issues (for example, Network Neutrality: History Will Repeat Itself, Telecom Regulation for the 21st Century: Avoiding Gridlock, Adapting to Change and Net Neutrality: An Overview) and speaks regularly at conferences on regulatory policy, telecom business trends and the interaction between policy and business.

For 18 months prior to joining CITI, Atkinson was the Deputy Chief of the FCC’s Common Carrier Bureau. (FCC announcement) With the Chief of the Common Carrier Bureau and two other Deputy Chiefs, he was responsible for developing, implementing and enforcing FCC policies and regulations governing interstate telecommunication services. Mr. Atkinson negotiated the conditions associated with the FCC’s approval of the SBC-Ameritech merger and was responsible for the substance of many major FCC decisions, including: UNE Remand; Line Sharing; Bell Atlantic-GTE and Qwest-US West mergers; Broadband Deployment (Sec.706) Report; and, Local Competition & Broadband Deployment data gathering.

From 2001-2006, Atkinson served as the Chairman of the North American Numbering Council (NANC), which advises the FCC on matters affecting the availability and utilization of telephone number resources in the U.S. (NANC goals interview, part 1part 2)

In March 2009, Atkinson moderated a series of public meetings in Washington, DC on behalf of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) concerning the $7.2 billion “broadband stimulus program”. More recently, he supervised the preparation of a report for the FCC’s Broadband Task Force on “Broadband in America” which was presented at the FCC on December 10.

Beginning in 1985, Atkinson was responsible for the regulatory, public policy and external affairs activities of Teleport Communications Group (TCG), the nation’s first Competitive Access Provider (CAP) and Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC). In 1994 he became Senior Vice President for Legal, Regulatory & External Affairs when his role was expanded to include responsibility for TCG’s Legal Department. When AT&T acquired TCG in July 1998 and TCG became AT&T Local Services, Mr. Atkinson was Vice President and Chief Regulatory Officer of AT&T Local Services until he joined the FCC.

Throughout his career, Atkinson played a leading role in most of the key regulatory and public policy decisions that introduced competition to the local telephone markets and shaped the Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) industry. For example, the TCG White Papers helped shape key state and federal local competition policies. Since joining CITI, he participated regularly in public policy hearings, conferences and seminars and has been quoted regularly in the press on telecommunications policy issues (for example, PBS and The Chicago Tribune).

In the regulatory and public policy area, Atkinson served in Washington, DC as a Government Relations Representative for ITT’s Communication Operations Group and as Counsel for Government and International Matters at Satellite Business Systems (SBS). He was a founder of the Ad Hoc Committee for Competitive Telecommunications (ACCT, a forerunner of CompTel), which was formed by competitive long distance companies in the mid-70’s to promote pro-competition legislation and regulations. After joining TCG, Atkinson co-founded and was the first President of the Association for Local Telecommunication Services (ALTS), the competitive local telecommunications industry’s trade association.

Atkinson graduated from University of Virginia in 1972 with a Bachelor of Art degree in Government and Foreign Affairs. He later received a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center (evening program) in 1979. While at Georgetown, Atkinson was a member of the Georgetown Law Journal. He is presently admitted to the bar in New Jersey.

Raul Katz — Director of Business Strategy Research

Dr. Raul Katz joined CITI in April, 2007 as the Director of Business Strategy Research.  Dr. Katz leads two research programs: “The impact of user-generated content on society and on the media business” and “Development of future industry scenarios for Latin American communications”.

Katz has a Ph.D. in Political Science and Management and an M.S. in Communications Technology and Policy, both from MIT, as well as a Maitrise in Political Science and a Maitrise in Communication Sciences from the Sorbonne.

He is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, where he teaches a Seminar in International High Technology Strategy within the MBA program.

Katz has been a management consultant in the telecommunications industry for the past 25 years. After twenty years of service, he retired as a Lead Partner and Head of the Telecommunications Practice in the Americas with Booz Allen Hamilton.  He then served as CEO of Adventis, an international telecommunications consulting firm.  He also serves as President of Telecom Advisory Services, a strategy consulting firm.

Raul has published extensively in research journals; his books include “The Information Society: an International Perspective” and “Creative Destruction: Business Survival Strategies in the Global Internet Economy”.