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Matthew S. DelNero

Matthew S. DelNero

Covington & Burling LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Matt DelNero works with companies in the telecommunications, technology and media sectors—advising them in policy development, regulatory compliance, and commercial transactions, among other settings. Mr. DelNero rejoined the firm in January 2017 after serving as Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

As an FCC Bureau Chief, Mr. DelNero led a team of over 170 attorneys, economists, and other professionals in developing and executing policies to promote the deployment and adoption of broadband and other communications services throughout the United States. The FCC tackled major policy questions under his leadership—including landmark transactions between cable, broadband, and other telecommunications providers; net neutrality; privacy and data security; and enterprise broadband services. He also oversaw policymaking for the $8+ billion Universal Service Fund and its ongoing reforms to bridge the digital divide.

Prior to his tenure with the FCC, Mr. DelNero had a deep and wide-ranging practice in which he brought to bear expertise in program and network distribution, privacy and data protection, and regulations governing the ownership of telecommunications and media properties, among other matters.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA)
    • Member, Nominations Committee (2016-2018)
    • Co-Chair, Wireless Committee (2011-2012, 2012-2013)
    • Co-Chair, Mass Media Committee (2010-2011)
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)


Harvard Law School, J.D., 2003, magna cum laude
Tufts University, B.A., 1998, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa


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