Pai Picks A Wireless Telecom Bureau Deputy Chief


An 11-year veteran of the FCC has been tapped by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to serve as Deputy Bureau Chief and Chief of Staff of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. This results in this individual’s shift from her current role as the FCC’s Deputy Managing Director.

Dana Shaffer will now serve as Deputy Bureau Chief and Chief of Staff of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.  Shaffer has served in numerous leadership positions at the Commission, including such roles as Deputy Chief of the Enforcement Bureau, Deputy Chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, and legal advisor to Commissioners Tate and McDowell.

Shaffer joined the FCC in 2006 as Deputy Chief of the Wireline bureau after a decade as VP and regulatory counsel for NextLink LLC (XO Communications).  During that time, she also served as President of both the Tennessee Telecommunications Association and the Southeastern Competitive Carriers Association.

“Dana is a strong leader who will enable the FCC to play its part in advancing access to mobile wireless services to consumers across the nation,” Pai said. “Her keen insight into universal service issues will be invaluable as we prepare to launch an innovative Mobility Fund II reverse auction to support deployment of 4G LTE mobile service and help bridge the digital divide.”

Shaffer will work closely with Wireless Chief Donald Stockdale, with whom she served in her previous position as Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau.

The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau develops and executes policies and procedures for fast, fair licensing of all wireless services, ranging from fixed microwave links to amateur radio to broadband data services on mobile phones.

Her efforts on broadband data are of particular interest to broadcast media.