Kenneth R. Carter

The Daily Journal describes Kenneth Carter as, “an infinitely inquisitive and enthusiastically intellectual telecommunications wonk who wants to change the way the Internet works.”  He has also been called, a GC visiting from the future.” Mr. Carter is an attorney, a technologist, and a communications business analyst.  As a lawyer-turned-MBA, his work applies the principles and tools of Management Science to law and public policy, bringing strong legal analysis and a quantitative approach.

Mr. Carter is currently the General Counsel to Bitmovin, a technology leader in online video, with the fastest API-driven, cloud-based Video Encoding Service and an HTML5 Player for MPEG-DASH and HLS.  The company's technologies allows adaptive content to be played on any device, in any browser without buffering.  He is a co-creator of Bitmovin's Universal NDA, the first truly standardized and open source non-disclosure agreement.  Mr. Carter was previously Counsel at Cloudflare in San Francisco, hired as the company’s first in-house lawyer to lead legal affairs, public policy, government relations, and trust & safety.  Cloudflare protects and accelerates millions of websites by automatically optimizing the delivery of web pages and applications.  He was part of the the company's leadership team which created a Silicon Valley unicorn, which valued at more than $4.2 billion at IPO.   Mr. Carter was twice selected as General Counsel of the Year, Silicon Valley (2016) and Corporate Counsel (2021).  These awards recognize outstanding attorneys who steer their companies through uncharted territory.

Mr. Carter was previously Policy Counsel for Advanced Networks and Access Services at Google in Mountain View, CA.  At Google, he was responsible for developing the company’s global telecommunications policy strategy.  Mr. Carter also served as policy counsel for Android and Google Fiber.

Before joining Google, he was a Senior Consultant in the NGN and Internet Economics Department at WIK Consult GmbH, in Bad Honnef, Germany.  At WIK, he advised both private- and public-sector clients on matters relating to Next Generation Networks, particularly emerging issues or issues of first impression which cross traditionally-defined industries and classifications.  Mr. Carter also  proposed a new mechanism for spectrum trading and assignment which can be as much as 80% more efficient than conventional auctions.  Mr. Carter was Senior Counsel for Business and Economics in the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis (OSP) at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  At the FCC, he provided the Chairman, Commissioners, and other senior staff with financial, business, and market analysis regarding emerging trends and their implications for strategic policy objectives.  He co-authored OSP Working Paper #39, "Unlicensed and Unshackled", widely-cited as an authority on the FCC's Part 15 Rules.  In addition, the Chairman recognized Mr. Carter and two other colleagues with the Commission's Excellence in Economic Analysis Award for their cutting-edge experimental economics work on market-informed radio spectrum policies. 

Before the FCC, he served as the Deputy Director of the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) at Columbia University, the leading academic research institute focusing on strategy, management, and policy issues in telecommunications, computing, and mass media.   Mr. Carter remains a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute.  Mr. Carter is currently serving as a pro bono advisor to San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell, advising the Mayor on the City's initiative to develop a municipal fiber network.  He is also a GLOCOM Fellow at the Center for Global Communications at International University of Japan.  Mr. Carter has served on several advisory boards and committees, including the Board of Directors of the Dive Club of Silicon Valley, the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference (TPRC), and the Policy Program Committee of IEEE DySPAN.  In 2008, he served on an International Advisory Forum on Next Generation Broadband Networks to Minister Eamon Ryan of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources in the Republic of Ireland.

Mr. Carter holds an Executive MBA from Columbia Business School, a JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and a BA from Colgate University.  He lives in Marin County, CA with his wife, Elizabeth, and their son, Jaydon, and daughter, Eliana.

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