He will join the trade group on July 28, coming from the FCC post of chief of technical analysis. Since 2008, Weller has led the commission's group tasked with rulemaking and analysis of spectrum policy areas, including radio propagation, interference, RF safety, frequency allotments and new technologies.
NAB Taps Robert Weller As Spectrum VP
The National Association of Broadcasters today said Robert Weller, the FCC’s chief of technical analysis, will join the association as VP, spectrum policy on July 28. He will report to Rick Kaplan, EVP of strategic planning.
Since 2008, Weller has led the FCC’s group tasked with rulemaking and analysis of spectrum policy areas, including radio propagation, interference, RF safety, frequency allotments and new technologies. He has also served as the technical lead on broadcast coverage and interference issues during the commission’s broadcast spectrum incentive auction proceeding.
“NAB is excited to add someone of Bob’s caliber to our spectrum policy staff,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. “His expertise regarding broadcast spectrum issues and his knowledge of regulatory policy will be valuable resources as the commission moves forward on proceedings affecting broadcasting’s future.”
Weller first joined the FCC in 1984 as a radio inspector in its San Francisco field office before departing in 1993 as director of its Denver district office. Prior to rejoining the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology in 2007, Weller spent 14 years with the consulting firm of Hammett & Edison, where he did work on broadcast systems engineering, emerging technologies, due diligence, and FCC rule-makings and applications.
Weller holds a B.S. in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.S. in electromagnetics from The George Washington University.
Ellen Samrock says:
July 9, 2014 at 11:32 am
While it’s nice to see the NAB bulk up on experts to deal with the government’s spectrum policy as it applies to broadcasters, unless it results in laws passed by Congress all this analysis isn’t going to amount to much. I mean, we’re dealing with an FCC that is busy parsing out what “all reasonable effort” means in an attempt to give broadcasters only the minimum required by law. As we’ve seen from recent NPRMs, the Commission only responds to laws, the clearer the better, not analysis.