Consultant, former regulator Barnich killed in Iraq

Terry Barnich, who once was chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission and later founded a Chicago-based consultancy that published an annual CLEC compendium among other projects, has been killed in Iraq while serving as an adviser to the Iraq transition office of the Department of State. Newspaper reports in Chicago said Barnich was killed by a roadside bomb outside of Fallujah, Iraq.

He reportedly was planning to come back to the U.S. at the end of June after more than two years in Iraq spent advising the country's energy industry. Craig Clausen, executive vice president and chief operating officer of New Paradigm Research Group, of which Barnich was founder, president and CEO, told Telephony that Barnich was excited by his work in Iraq.

NPRG was arguably the closest tracker of the emerging CLEC market during the mid-1990s at a time when the rest of the telecom industry was trying to figure out who the CLECs were and what impact they would have. The firm's annual CLEC guide was a well-thumbed and indispensable tool to reporters covering the market at the time. Barnich led the ICC for a few years before NPRG, and after serving as general counsel to Illinois Gov. James Thompson.

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