The communications industry is reacting to the death of Dan Brenner.
The former senior vice president of Law & Public Policy for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association was struck and killed by a car while walking in Los Angeles earlier in the week; He was 64.
NCTA President Michael Powell said: “Dan’s insightful knowledge of telecommunications law made him a formidable force in public policy during his years leading the Legal Department at NCTA. A prominent and distinguished member of the federal communications bar, Dan was a key staffer and advisor to two FCC chairmen during a time of immense change.”
“None of us ever will forget Dan’s keen sense of humor and perspective, which helped guide his approach to his career and his friendships,” said Powell.
Brenner had been a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge since 2012, when he was appointed to the bench by Gov. Edmund Brown. Previously, he had been a communications attorney for Hogan Lovells in Washington after working at NCTA.
Brenner was also a former advisor to FCC Chairman Mark Fowler and to Powell when he was FCC chairman.
Kim Keenan, president/CEO of the Multicultural Media, Telecom & Internet Council, said Brenner “was a highly respected colleague and mentor to many of us at MMTC, and a powerful voice and advocate for minorities in the communications industries over many years. His spirit will live on through the momentous work he achieved in his lifetime.”
MMTC President Emeritus and Special Advisor David Honig noted Brenner’s eight years on MMTC committees and said he “was one of the strongest voices in the industry for civil rights and minority participation in cable.