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Shawn H. Chang

Shawn H. Chang

Wiley Rein LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Shawn H. Chang is Of Counsel at Wiley Rein and a member of the firm’s TMT, Public Policy, and Privacy practices. A former Chief Counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives, Shawn uses his extensive Capitol Hill experience to assist clients with matters pertaining to communications, technology, commerce, transportation, and energy. He provides strategic advice on legislative, public policy, and legal issues, with an in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of Congress and administrative agencies. Shawn serves as a co-chair of Wiley Rein’s LGBT & Allies Affinity Group.

While on the Hill, Shawn was the lead staffer on spectrum, wireless, and international telecommunications issues, where he maintained his key relationships between the Communications and Technology Subcommittee and the White House, Executive agencies, the U.S. Senate, and congressional committees. As a former Chief Counsel for the Subcommittee, he has counseled the full Committee and Subcommittee ranking members and other members of Congress on communications and technology issues. Additionally, he has supervised and managed the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology’s daily operations and its Democratic staff.

Shawn provided assistance to the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, specifically in advising members and staff on jurisdictional issues between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commission on regulation of privacy and data security practices, and participated and assisted with the work of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation as they relate to the communications and high tech sectors.

Shawn has been involved in some of the most important legislative initiatives over the last decade. He negotiated and drafted the Public Safety and Spectrum Act of 2012, which created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) – the entity responsible for building the first nationwide interoperable broadband network for first responders – and authorized the FCC to conduct “incentive auctions” of radiofrequency spectrum. Additionally, he led the negotiation and drafting of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization (STELAR) Act of 2014 that reauthorized expiring compulsory licenses for satellite television providers. Shawn served as a member of several U.S. delegations to international forums on Internet governance and drafted resolutions expressing positions held by members of Congress. He led the negotiation and drafting of updates to the Commercial Spectrum Enhancement Act of 2004 to help facilitate and improve the reallocation of federal-use spectrum to non-federal users. He also led the drafting and passage of the Radio Spectrum Inventory Act of 2010 and the Local Community Radio Act of 2010 and drafted and negotiated the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s broadband stimulus programs and the Digital Television Delay Act. Assisted with the drafting and negotiation of the Data Accountability and Trust Act.


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