WBK Attorney, Ex-FCC Associate Joins USTelecom


A partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer who advised communications providers and trade associations on strategic, policy, and legal matters has taken the SVP of Advocacy and Regulatory Affairs post at USTelecom.

Patrick Halley joins the association to lead its advocacy efforts before the White House and Executive Branch, regulatory agencies, courts, and other government entities in Washington, D.C., and beyond.

“I am thrilled Patrick is joining USTelecom to lead our advocacy and regulatory affairs team,” said USTelecom President/CEO Jonathan Spalter. “A nationally-recognized communications policy strategist, Patrick brings deep insight into the regulatory and policy opportunities ahead for the rapidly growing broadband innovation community, its allies, and partners. He will be a great advocate for USTelecom’s members and for the promise and potential of broadband for consumers everywhere.”

Halley has been working in a range of senior roles at the intersection of communications policy and advocacy, including serving at the FCC as Associate Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau. He also served as Acting Director of the Commission’s Office of Legislative Affairs and as a legal advisor to two Wireline Competition Bureau Chiefs and a Chair of the FCC.

Before joining the FCC, Halley spent over five years as the Director of Government Affairs for NENA – The 911 Association where he served as the association’s liaison with Congress, the FCC, and other government agencies.

“USTelecom members are building a world where communities and enterprises are connected through the power of broadband-enabled innovation. I am excited to be joining the USTelecom team to support its dynamic member companies in advancing the world’s broadband future, and the growth and success of their operations,” said Halley.