Williams No Longer Acting As FCC’s OCBO Leader


Sanford Williams has gotten the full nod as Director of the FCC’s Office of Communications Business Opportunity.

He’s served as Acting Director since December 2016, and from May 1999 until his promotion served as an FCC attorney.

“The FCC plays an important role in encouraging a communications industry in which small businesses, including minority- and women-owned businesses, thrive,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “While it is not our place to dictate market outcomes, there are productive ways that this agency can connect people, foster competition, and establish policies that support a market that reflects America’s diversity. I’m pleased Sanford has agreed to continue to lead this work; I value his counsel in ensuring that these issues are included in our policy thinking.”

The Office of Communication Business Opportunities promotes competition and innovation in telecommunications ownership and information services. The office also supports opportunities for small communications businesses, including minority- and women-owned businesses. It is principal advisor to the Chairman and the Commissioners on issues, rulemakings, and policies affecting these communications businesses. It also represents the agency in various matters coordinated with the U.S. Small Business Administration, including those involving the Regulatory Flexibility and Small Business Acts.

In addition to his work at the Commission, Williams has worked as an attorney for Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice and taught at Augusta State University in Augusta, Ga.

He has also served as the Business Manager of Olde Towne Pediatrics.