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Rick Whitt, MCI Inc.

Richard S. Whitt is Vice President for Federal Law and Policy at MCI, Inc. In that capacity, Rick is responsible for overseeing all of the Company's public policy and regulatory matters before the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. In addition, Rick assists in developing and coordinating MCI's advocacy before the Executive Branch, U.S. Congress, and other governmental bodies, with an emphasis on advanced telecommunications services and the Internet. Rick recently conceived and authored several influential MCI white papers advocating a comprehensive new legal framework based on IP network "layers" concepts.

Among other responsibilities, Rick serves as MCI's public policy representative to the Competitive Telecommunications Association (CompTel), the United States Internet Service Provider Association (USISPA), the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), and the VON Coalition, and he currently holds a Board of Directors seat with USISPA and with ITAA's Internet Division. He also has been an active member of the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) for over a decade, selected to many leadership positions. Rick has made numerous speaking appearances on behalf of MCI at public conferences, forums, and panels.

Prior to joining MCI in 1994, Rick practiced telecommunications law as an associate attorney in two Washington, D.C. area law firms: Sutherland Asbill & Brennan (1990-1994) and Bishop Cook Purcell & Reynolds (1988-1990). He graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 1988, and magna cum laude from James Madison University in 1984.