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Gigi B. Sohn

Gigi B. Sohn

Open Society Foundations
Distinguished Fellow, Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law and Policy
New York, NY, USA

Gigi Sohn is a Distinguished Fellow at the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy and a Benton Senior Fellow and Public Advocate. She recently completed a year as an Open Society Foundations Leadership in Government Fellow and sixteen months as a Mozilla Policy Fellow. Gigi is one of the nation’s leading public advocates for open, affordable and democratic communications networks. For thirty years, Gigi has worked across the country to defend and preserve the fundamental competition and innovation policies that have made broadband Internet access more ubiquitous, competitive, affordable, open and protective of user privacy.

From 2013 to 2016, Gigi was Counselor to the former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler. She advised the Chairman on a wide range of Internet, telecommunications and media issues, representing the Chairman and the FCC in a variety of public forums around the country as well as serving as the primary liaison between the Chairman’s office and outside stakeholders. Singled out by Chairman Wheeler as “the conscience of the Chairman’s office” for her tireless advocacy on behalf of American consumers and competition, Gigi was named by the Daily Dot in 2015 as one of the “Heroes Who Saved the Internet” in recognition of her role in the FCC’s adoption of the strongest-ever Network Neutrality rules.

For twelve years, from 2001-2013, Gigi served as the Co-Founder and CEO of Public Knowledge, the leading communications policy advocacy organization serving the interests of consumers in Washington. She was previously a Project Specialist in the Ford Foundation’s Media, Arts and Culture unit and Executive Director of the Media Access Project, the first public interest law firm in the communications space.

In 1997, President Clinton appointed Gigi to serve as a member of his Advisory Committee on the Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters. The Electronic Frontier Foundation awarded Gigi one of its Internet Pioneer Awards in 2006. In 2014, Gigi was honored with the Broadband Hero Award by OneCommunity, and in 2016, the National Champion for Local Internet Choice” by the Coalition for Local Internet Choice. Last month, Gigi received the Everett C. Parker Award from the Office of Communication of the United Church of Christ, in recognition of 30 years of work in support of greater public access to affordable and open broadband technologies.

Gigi holds a B.S. in Broadcasting and Film, Summa Cum Laude, from the Boston University College of Communication and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Gigi B. Sohn is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters The U.S. Government’s Proposal to Kill Net Neutrality is Even Worse Than We Expected (November 22, 2017) - Institute on Telecommunications Policy & Regulation (35th Annual), Thursday, February 15, 2018
Matt Wood and Gaurav Laroia, “The FFC’s Order Is Out, We’ve Read It, and Here’s What You Need to Know: It Will End Net Neutrality and Break the Internet,” Free Press (November 22, 2017) - Institute on Telecommunications Policy & Regulation (35th Annual), Thursday, February 15, 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment Electronic Media Regulation - Communications Law in the Digital Age 2018, Wednesday, November 07, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Electronic Media Regulation - Electronic Media Regulation, Wednesday, November 07, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Electronic Media Regulation - Electronic Media Regulation, Wednesday, November 07, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Communications Law in the Digital Age 2018, Friday, November 16, 2018, New York, NY

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