During her tenure as the chief of the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (she was appointed just one year ago by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski), Ruth Milkman has become a key figure behind some of the most controversial regulatory moves from the FCC.
She is credited with launching a broad investigation into competition in the wireless industry and was front-and-center when the FCC declined to say whether the wireless industry is competitive. She also helped launch the investigation into Apple's blocking of Google Voice on the iPhone. The WTB's review prompted AT&T to reverse its position and offer other VoIP applications such as Skype to run on its network.
Milkman served as co-chair of the Spectrum Task Force, which helped craft the National Broadband Plan, and she's currently delving into standard industry practices like exclusive handset deals and roaming deals between carriers.
Before being appointed chair of the WTB, Milkman served in a variety of roles at the FCC for more than 12 years, including deputy chief of the International and Common Carrier bureaus. She also was the founding partner of Lawler, Metzger, Milkman & Keeney.