NAB Beefs Up its Spectrum Expertise With New Hire


Alison_NeplokhNAB is adding to its spectrum expertise with the hire of the FCC’s deputy chief technologist.

The hire of Alison Neplokh comes as the industry prepares for the upcoming FCC incentive auction. Neplokh has both engineering and legal expertise; she joins NAB Dec. 14 as vice president of Spectrum Policy.

NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith notes that Neplokh brings both engineering and legal expertise to the job and she joins NAB’s “legal and regulatory team as we grapple with the intersection of technology and government regulation and how smart spectrum policy is critical to the long- and short-term future of our industry.”

Neplokh was at the FCC for 10 years, most recently as the commission’s deputy chief technologist. Prior, she was chief engineer of the Media Bureau, and acting legal advisor to Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel in 2014.

Neplokh began her career as research systems programmer for Carnegie Mellon University, where she wrote software to monitor the campus network. She also worked as a firmware engineer for Ericsson designing the internals of a high-speed IP router.

She will report to EVP/General Counsel Rick Kaplan. Neplokh replaces Victor Tawil who recently retired, a spokesman told RBR+TVBR. He came to NAB in 20111 in the merger with the Association for Maximum Service Television.