Rick is Vice President of External and State Affairs at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association. His primary responsibility is to aid State Cable Associations and cable companies in working with state regulators, legislators and policymakers. He is also responsible for outreach to think tanks, the academic community and various policy advocacy organizations.
Rick is a member of the Executive Committee of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force. He is the past president of the National Coalition for Technology and Education in Training (NCTET), former co-chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee’s Broadband Task Force and former program chair for the three NARUC/NECA National Summits on Broadband Deployment. He is a recognized expert on broadband and telecommunications policy, has testified across the country before numerous state Public Service Commissions and Legislatures and has also served as an adjunct faculty member of Michigan State University’s NARUC Annual Regulatory Studies Program.
Prior to joining NCTA he worked for nearly three years as the Director of the Telecommunications Division of the Maryland Public Service Commission. Rick also worked for two and a half years at the Florida Public Service Commission with an emphasis on issues related to competition and emerging competition. He holds Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Economics from the University of Florida where he studied public utility economics in association with the Public Utility Research Center (PURC) at the University of Florida.
Rick is also a former Jeopardy TV game show winner.