Richard Bennett is an ITIF Senior Research Fellow specializing in broadband networking and Internet policy. He has a 30 year background in network engineering and standards. He was vice-chair of the IEEE 802.3 task group that devised the original Ethernet over Twisted Pair standard, and has contributed to Wi-Fi standards for fifteen years. He was active in OSI, the instigator of RFC 1001, and founder, along with Bob Metcalfe, of the Open Token Foundation, the first network industry alliance to operate an interoperability lab. He has worked for leading applied research labs, where portions of his work were underwritten by DARPA. Richard is also the inventor of four networking patents and a member of the BITAG Technical Working Group.
Richard frequently speaks at network industry gatherings and policy conferences in the United States and abroad, such as FutureNet, State of the Net, Supernova and eComm. He appeared before the FCC’s en banc hearing at the Harvard Law School as an expert witness on network management, and has been cited in numerous FCC submissions. His experience with legislative bodies spans two decades, beginning with expert witness testimony before multiple committees of the California Legislature in the ’90s and continuing to recent testimony before Congress on Internet privacy. He has served on boards and commissions in California overseeing various parts of state government and has advised governments on broadband policy. Richard has published articles and book chapters in the academic and tech press, major newspapers, IEEE Spectrum Online, and has appeared on radio and television. Additionally, Richard has been appointed to a two-year term on the Singapore Infocomm Development Authority’s (IDA) Regulatory and Economist Panel.
Richard’s written work on wireless networks and the Internet’s structure and regulation forms a central part of the broadband policy debate, framing often emotional issues on a dispassionate and technically sound basis.