Jon Peha

John Peha
Former Chief Technologist
U.S. Federal Communications Commission

Jon Peha is a Full Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He has addressed information networks from positions in industry, government, and academia. In government, he served at the Federal Communications Commission as Chief Technologist, in the White House as Assistant Director of the Office of Science & Technology Policy where he focused on telecommunications and research, in the House Energy & Commerce Committee where he was responsible for telecom and e-commerce issues, and at USAID where he helped launch and lead a US Government interagency program to assist developing countries with information infrastructure. In industry, he has been Chief Technical Officer for three high-tech companies, and a member of technical staff at SRI International, AT&T Bell Laboratories, and Microsoft. At Carnegie Mellon, he is a Professor in the Dept. of Engineering & Public Policy and the Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and former Associate Director of the university's Center for Wireless & Broadband Networking. His research spans technical and policy issues of information networks, including spectrum management, broadband Internet, wireless networks, video and voice over IP, communications for emergency responders, universal service, privacy, secure Internet payment systems, online dissemination of copyrighted material, and network security. Dr. Peha holds a PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford, and a BS from Brown. He is an IEEE Fellow and an AAAS Fellow, and was selected by AAAS as one of 40 "Featured AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellows" of the last 40 years ("40@40"). Dr. Peha has received the FCC's "Excellence in Engineering Award," the IEEE Communications Society TCCN Publication Award for career contributions, and the Brown Engineering Medal.

Recent Events

February 25, 2015

ITIF gathers a panel of expert engineers to discuss their views on network management and net neutrality.

November 2, 2009

ITIF hosts a discussion of the tension between regulation and innovation in the Internet context.

July 23, 2007

A luncheon briefing on how the latest developments in communications technologies are improving the ability of public safety organizations to keep us safer.