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Michael A. Lewis

Wiley Rein LLP
Engineering Consultant
Washington, DC, USA


Michael A. Lewis is an Engineering Policy Consultant with the Communications Practice Group of the law firm Wiley Rein, LLP in Washington, D.C. 

Prior to joining Wiley Rein, Mr. Lewis held several spectrum management positions with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. Ultimately, he served as the Senior Engineering Advisor to the Chief of the FCC's Private Radio Bureau, where he developed rules and policies for the deployment of public safety and private enterprise wireless communications systems. 

Today, Mr. Lewis represents radio equipment manufacturers, commercial wireless carriers, trade associations and users of wireless telecommunications systems on a variety of spectrum related matters before the FCC. His primary focus continues to be the allocation of new radio frequency bands for public safety use coupled with the development of technical and operational standards to ensure that such spectrum is used effectively and efficiently.  In this capacity, Mr. Lewis has worked extensively on the following issues:

  • Reallocation of television broadcast spectrum near 700 MHz for wide area public safety and commercial wireless uses. 
  • Allocation of 4.9 GHz spectrum for local area broadband public safety devices.
  • Adoption and integration of the Project-25 suite of technical standards into various frequency bands for public safety use.
  • Improving the efficient use of spectrum by reducing the bandwidth used by existing public safety and enterprise land mobile networks (i.e., narrowbanding).
  • Developing technical standards for a nationwide public safety broadband network. 
  • Identifying the lessons learned during the emergency response to disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. 

Mr. Lewis received his B.S.E.E. from the University of Michigan.

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