Neil Fried is chief counsel on communications and technology matters for the Energy and Commerce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. He advises Rep. Fred Upton, chairman of the committee, and Rep. Greg Walden, chairman of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, on television, radio, telecommunications, spectrum and Internet issues.
Among other things, Neil was involved in the enactment of the 2005 digital television transition legislation and congressional oversight of the 2009 transition date. Before joining the committee in August 2003, he spent three years in private practice, where he specialized in television and telecommunications issues.
Prior to his work in the private sector, he served four years with the Federal Communications Commission as an attorney in what is now the Wireline Competition Bureau. There, he helped implement the Telecommunications Act of 1996. He has an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and earned his law degree from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri.