Julie Veach, FCC

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Julie Veach, FCCThe influence of women in senior management not just in private companies but public agencies has really been noticed at the FCC, where women have influenced critical votes on regulatory issues for the wireline industry. Julie Veach, recently appointed chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau, reflects that trend.

This isn't Veach's first time in senior management at the WCB. She was Deputy Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau until 2009, when she accepted the position of Deputy General Counsel for the FCC. And she's been with the FCC itself since 2001.

The bureau's work to make broadband access a reality for all Americans, at a competitive price, is an ongoing challenge for Veach. The recent changes to the Lifeline program, the overhaul of the Universal Service Fund, and the implementation of the Connect America Fund are all projects that Veach either played a role in during their development or will face as she takes on her role as bureau chief. Add to that the WCB's day-to-day role of making sure carriers and other communications service providers are operating within a competitive environment and meeting broadband objectives, and Veach has her work cut out for her.