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Kenneth   Carter

Kenneth Carter

CloudFlare
Counsel
San Francisco, CA, USA


The Daily Journal describes Kenneth Carter as “an infinitely inquisitive and enthusiastically intellectual telecommunications wonk who wants to change the way the Internet works.”  Mr. Carter is Head of Legal and Policy at CloudFlare in San Francisco, CA. CloudFlare has an ambitious goal – build a better Internet. Its services protect and accelerate more than 4 million websites by automatically optimizing the delivery of web pages so visitors get the best performance possible. On any given day, CloudFlare serves more web traffic than Twitter, Bing, Wikipedia, Amazon, Apple, Tumblr, Reddit, and Instagram combined. He was hired as CloudFlare’s first in-house lawyer to lead legal affairs, public policy, government relations, and trust & safety.   Mr. Carter was recently selected as Bay Area Corporate Counsel of the Year 2016.  The award recognizes corporate counsel who “steer their companies through uncharted territory.” 

Before joining CloudFlare, Mr. Carter was Policy Counsel for Advanced Networks and Access Services at Google in Mountain View, CA.  At Google, he was responsible for developing the company’s global telecommunications policy strategy.  Mr. Carter also served as policy counsel for two of Google's most important products: Android and Fiber.  He was previously a Senior Consultant in the NGN and Internet Economics Department at WIK Consult GmbH, in Bad Honnef, Germany.  At WIK, he advised both private- and public-sector clients on matters relating to Next Generation Networks, particularly emerging issues or issues of first impression which cross traditionally-defined industries and classifications.  Mr. Carter also proposed a new mechanism for spectrum trading and assignment which can be as much as 80% more efficient than conventional auctions.  Mr. Carter was Senior Counsel for Business and Economics in the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis (OSP) at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  At the FCC, he provided the Chairman, Commissioners, and other senior staff with financial, business, and market analysis regarding emerging trends and their implications for strategic policy objectives.  He co-authored OSP Working Paper #39, "Unlicensed and Unshackled", widely-cited as an authority on the FCC's Part 15 Rules.  In addition, the Chairman recognized Mr. Carter and two other colleagues with the Commission's Excellence in Economic Analysis Award for their cutting-edge experimental economics work on market-informed radio spectrum policies.

Before the FCC, he served as the Deputy Director of the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) at Columbia University, the leading academic research institute focusing on strategy, management, and policy issues in telecommunications, computing, and mass media.   Mr. Carter remains a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute.  He is also a GLOCOM Fellow at the Center for Global Communications at International University of Japan.  Mr. Carter has served on several advisory boards and committees, including the Technology Advisory Board of the International Criminal Court, the Board of Directors, Cardozo Law School Tech Startup Law Clinic, the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference (TPRC), and the Policy Program Committee of IEEE DySPAN.  In 2008, he served on an International Advisory Forum on Next Generation Broadband Networks to Minister Eamon Ryan of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources in the Republic of Ireland.

Mr. Carter holds United States Patents number 8,869,261: Securing access to touch-screen devices and number 9,030,293:  Secure passcode entry. He received an Executive MBA from Columbia Business School, a JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and a BA from Colgate University.

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