Frontier taps FCC, PCIA staffer Saperstein to be VP of regulatory affairs

Frontier Communications has named Michael D. Saperstein, Jr. as vice president of regulatory affairs. The FCC and PCIA veteran will help shape the telco's regulatory affairs strategy as it doubles in size.

Based in Washington, D.C., Saperstein will report to Kathleen Abernathy, EVP of external affairs for Frontier.

He brings his knowledge of federal regulatory policy for the telecom industry to his new position.

Saperstein joins Frontier from the Cybersecurity and Communications Reliability Division of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau of the FCC. During his tenure at the FCC, he provided strategic guidance for enabling the Commission's cybersecurity engagement goals and building broad coalitions across federal, national-security departments and private-sector stakeholders.

In addition to his experience at the FCC, Saperstein served as the director of government affairs and as a public policy analyst for PCIA for two years.  

During his time at PCIA, Saperstein coordinated communications with various government entities including Congress, FCC, and the FAA. He also developed legal policy for the wireless infrastructure industry on the federal, state and local level.

While his position is new, Saperstein is hardly a stranger to Frontier, having previously served as Frontier's director of federal regulatory affairs between the years 2010 to 2014.

The timing of this appointment comes during a growth period for Frontier. After completing the acquisition of Verizon's (NYSE: VZ) assets in California, Florida and Texas in April, the telco has doubled in size, meaning it will have more local, state and federal issues to tackle.

Among some of the key regulatory issues that Frontier will be dealing with in the near-term are pole attachment access, special access and set-top box reforms.

For more:
- see the release

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