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John T. Nakahata

Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

Washington, DC, USA


John Nakahata is the Chair of the telecommunications practice at the Washington, DC, law firm of Wiltshire & Grannis, LLP.  Wiltshire & Grannis’s telecommunications practice is ranked in the top tier in the United States by Chambers & Partners.  Mr. Nakahata’s practice focuses on telecommunications, cable and Internet regulation before the courts, the Federal Communications Commission, state public utility commissions, Congress, and the Administration. His clients include large and small telecommunications, Internet, hardware, software, terrestrial wireless companies and cable companies. 

From November 1997 until November 1998, Mr. Nakahata was the Chief of Staff of the Federal Communications Commission.  As Chief of Staff, he oversaw all agency operations and policy development, and was the principal strategic and policy adviser to FCC Chairman William E. Kennard.  Prior to becoming FCC Chief of Staff, Mr. Nakahata served as Deputy Chief of the Common Carrier Bureau, Associate General Counsel for Competition, and Senior Legal Adviser to prior FCC Chairman, Reed E. Hundt.  While at the FCC, Mr. Nakahata was one of the principal architects of the FCC's implementation of the landmark Telecommunications Act of 1996.  He was responsible for guiding the development of the FCC's “competition trilogy” of interconnection, universal service, and interstate access charge orders.  Prior to joining the FCC in 1995, Mr. Nakahata was a legislative aide to United States Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-Connecticut)

After leaving the FCC, Mr. Nakahata successfully spearheaded a comprehensive reform of telecommunications subsidy mechanisms and interstate access pricing, known as the CALLS Plan.  Mr. Nakahata also handled the FCC’s first post-WTO Basic Telecommunications Agreement approval of the acquisition  of a U.S. carrier by a foreign-government owned carrier (VoiceStream Wireless/Deutsche Telekom), a landmark decision interpreting the FCC's foreign ownership rules for common carriers.
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