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Geoffrey G. Why

Geoffrey G. Why

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Boston, MA, USA


Geoffrey has substantial experience in prominent policy and legislative issues affecting the cable, broadband, wireline, and wireless industries. Prior to joining Mintz Levin, he served as the Commissioner (2009 - 2014) and General Counsel (2007 - 2009) of the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable (DTC). In his role as Commissioner, Geoffrey directed all administrative, legal, and policy priorities for the department. 

While Commissioner, Geoffrey led the DTC on a number of fronts, including spearheading state interests at the FCC regarding the upcoming spectrum auction, public safety, broadband deployment, IP transition, and Universal Service Fund reform. Geoffrey also was heavily involved in adjudicating cable rate cases, handling interconnection disputes, and enabling wireless companies to do business in the Commonwealth as “eligible telecommunications carriers.” In addition, Geoffrey initiated investigations regarding telephone service quality and the federally funded Lifeline program. He also chaired the FCC’s Section 706 Joint Conference on Advanced Telecommunications Services and co-chaired the North American Numbering Council. In addition, he was a member of the FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council and the New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners.

Prior to his positions at the DTC, Geoffrey served as an assistant attorney general in the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division (2001 - 2007), where he investigated and litigated matters related to consumer protection and antitrust law and specialized in enforcement actions with telecommunications and cable companies. He was co-chair of the Attorney General's Diversity Committee (2003 - 2007), and in 2006, was presented the Edward J. McCormack Jr. Award for Excellence by the Attorney General for his work on behalf of Massachusetts consumers. Geoffrey also has served as assistant district attorney at the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Appellate Division. 

As part of his commitment to public service, Geoffrey serves in a leadership capacity in various professional and community groups, including as a board member of the Asian Community Development Corporation and of the Boston College Law School Alumni Board. He is a former member of the board of directors of the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts (2003 - 2012), the board of the Massachusetts Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights (2006 - 2008), and a former commissioner of the Massachusetts Asian American Commission (2007 - 2012). He has also served as an instructor at Boston University School of Law. 
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