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Robert  Mayer

Robert Mayer

United States Telecom Association
Vice President, Industry & State Affairs
Washington, DC, USA


Robert Mayer is Vice-President of Industry and State Affairs with the United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) with responsibility for leading cyber and national security policy, State relations and coordinating various regulatory initiatives for the wireline broadband industry.  He is past chair of the Communications Sector Coordinating Council (CSCC) and currently chairs the CSCC Cybersecurity Committee.  Mayer currently co-leads the Multi-Association Framework Development Initiative that represents 30 major U.S trade associations on cybersecurity risk management policy issues.  In June 2015, Mayer was appointed to the FCC Communications Security Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC V) after having led a 100 person team of cybersecurity professionals who produced a landmark report to adapt the NIST Cybersecurity Framework to five industry segments within the sector.  Mayer serves as a “senior” industry official on the U.S Government’s Unified Cyber Coordination Group (UCG) which coordinates national incident responses for major cyber events.  In 2012 he was appointed by New York Governor Cuomo to serve on the NYREADY Commission which developed recommendations for the communications industry in response to “SuperStorm” Sandy. 

Mayer served as the top telecommunications official for New York State as the Director of Telecommunications for the New York Public Service Commission from 2003 to 2007.  In that capacity, he led several major initiatives including regulatory reform efforts based on emerging competition and oversaw a new agency department that focused exclusively on network reliability and public safety matters.  In 2005, he was appointed by the FCC Chairman to the Federal State Enhanced E 911 VoIP Board and led multi-state policy initiatives in this area.  Prior to this appointment, Mayer was the lead regulatory practitioner in the Telecommunications and Cable Group at KPMG Consulting and a senior member of Deloitte Consulting’s Communication Practice.  Mayer was a law and policy analyst for the New York City Office of the Mayor and an attorney with the New York City Corporation Counsel.  Before his legal studies, Mayer was an internal financial analyst for the international telecommunications divisions of both Chase Manhattan Bank and The Morgan Bank.  He served as a communications specialist with the US Air Force and as an intelligence and communications supervisor at NATO Headquarters, Southern Europe Command in Italy.  He received his B.A from Albany State University, his MA in Information Management from Central Michigan University, his MBA from Boston University, and his J.D from New York Law School.

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