Meet Geoffrey Starks’ New Legal Advisor

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An adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center since 2016, most recently an attorney in the Communications and Appellate Litigation groups at Harris, Wiltshire, &
Grannis, 
has been appointed as the new Legal Advisor covering wireline and public safety issues for Democratic FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks.


Taking the role is Austin Bonner, who has experience in areas including regulatory challenges, constitutional law, and statutory interpretation, with a particular focus on complex technologies and telecommunications.

She has served as a co-chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association’s Judicial Practice Committee and spent nearly two years as a Hogan Lovells associate.

Before entering private practice, Ms. Bonner clerked for Judge D. Michael Fisher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

That would be the Appeals Court that just remanded the FCC’s cross-ownership rule “modernization,” nixing the end of regulations that were written 44 years ago.

“I am honored to join Commissioner Starks and the fantastic team he has assembled to
bring digital opportunity and empowerment to all Americans,” Bonner said. “I
look forward to working with the Commission to help address the most important
communications challenges of the 21st century.”

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