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 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 Counsel at Cloudflare in San Francisco. Cloudflare protects and accelerates more than 6 million websites and their applications by automatically optimizing the delivery of web pages. He was hired as the company’s first in-house lawyer to lead legal affairs, public policy, government relations, and trust & safety.   Mr. Carter was selected as Bay Area Corporate Counsel of the Year 2016.  The award recognizes corporate counsel 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.  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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