DLA Piper announced today that it had added two prominent telecom practitioners in the firm’s Washington, DC office.
Senior Engineering Advisor, Ira Keltz and Associate Dana Zelman both join the firm from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where Keltz served as Deputy Chief of the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET), and Zelman served as a legal advisor in the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB).
At the FCC, Keltz assisted in managing several divisions of engineers, attorneys and economists in the development of US policies for spectrum use. He was also responsible for balancing complex engineering, policy, economic and public-interest issues in the implementation of national spectrum policy for commercial and state/local government spectrum users. This included allocating spectrum for licensed services, setting technical rules for unlicensed devices and implementing procedures for equipment certification.
Keltz previously served as Chief of the OET’s Electrical Compatibility Division and Deputy Chief of its Policy and Rules Division. In addition, he has been a Senior Technical Advisor in the Wireless Bureau’s Public Safety and Private Wireless Division, where he managed the implementation of the Commission’s Universal Licensing System.
In her role at the FCC, Zelman advised the WCB Bureau Chief on matters related to telecommunications access policy and the Universal Service Fund, including the Connect America Fund, and other rural and tribal broadband deployment issues. She also counseled the Bureau Chief on issues related to the Lifeline, E-rate and Rural Health Care programs, and advised on other USF-related issues. She coordinated the Bureau actions with other offices and divisions at the agency and served as point of contact for the Bureau’s circulation items and congressional correspondence.
Zelman previously served as attorney advisor for the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau at the FCC. She developed policy and participated in critical analysis, drafting, editing and subsequent outreach and education related to:
· Cyber risk management and cybersecurity strategy and implementation
· Security and use of Geospatial Information Systems (GIS)
· Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM)
· 911 governance, resiliency, and location issues
· Network outage reporting
· Other security and reliability issues for US communications.
Keltz earned his Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University, and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Zelman earned her J.D. from University of Georgia School of Law, and B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Georgia.
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