Richard Cameron has more than 20 years of expertise and perspective in competition, regulatory, transactional, and commercial issues arising in the broadband, communications, and technology sectors. Richard has advised global communications industry participants, including satellite-based and terrestrial telecommunications and broadband service providers, wholesale network providers, investors, and trade associations. With an understanding of both communications regulatory frameworks and the business realities facing his clients, he seeks creative and practical solutions to difficult issues that satisfy legal requirements while meeting his clients’ business needs.
His background combines nearly two decades of experience as a senior federal government official and a senior attorney with a major global law firm, with additional experience as in-house counsel with a U.S. telecommunications carrier, and as an independent legal consultant. At the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), he played a leading role in implementing the Telecommunications Act of 1996, establishing rules, policy, and compliance requirements governing telecommunications and broadband services, intercarrier compensation, and market competition. He served as legal counsel to two Common Carrier Bureau Chiefs, and as Federal Staff Chair of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service. In the latter capacity, he developed the explicit universal service support mechanisms (high cost, low income, E-Rate, and rural health care) that continue to govern the industry today.
At the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, he developed policy, compliance and reporting requirements for the $4.7 billion Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), leading a team of attorneys that provided compliance advice to BTOP Federal Program Officers managing over 200 projects. Richard presented on compliance-related issues at various national BTOP conferences and workshops.
Previously, Richard was Of Counsel with the international law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP. As a member of the Communications Practice Group in the firm’s Corporate Department, Richard advised satellite-based and terrestrial wireless, and wireline service providers and investors on a broad array of telecommunication regulatory, competition, privacy and security issues confronting US domestic and global communications providers.