Kenneth Carter is Senior Consultant at WIK-Consult GmbH, located in Bad Honnef, Germany. Mr. Carter advises both private and public clients on matters concerning economics, business strategy, and regulatory policy for network industries. As a lawyer-turned-MBA, his work has sought to apply the principles and tools of Management Science to the process of regulation and rulemaking. WIK-Consult GmbH is the for-profit consulting arm of the Wissenschaftliches Institut für Infrastruktur und Kommunikationsdienste (Scientific Institute for Infrastructure and Communication Services) which has become Germany's leading research and advisory institute for communication services.
Previously, 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). OSP, in concert with the Chairman, Commissioners, Bureaus, and other Offices, works to develop a strategic plan identifying short- and long-term policy objectives for the Commission. OSP is responsible for monitoring the state of the communications industry to identify trends, emerging issues, and overall industry health. Mr. Carter served as an internal consultant to the Commission, focusing on three major areas: industry intelligence, agency planning, and spectrum policy. His role was to provide financial, business, and market analysis to assist the Commission in understanding the future implications of current issues, particularly those which cross traditional industry and institutional boundaries. He is a coauthor of the widely-cited OSP Working Paper #39, Unlicensed and Unshackled. At the FCC, he also served on several working groups, including the IT Steering Committee, and was the Legal Co-Chair of Research and Development Subcommittee of the Spectrum PolicyTask Force. Mr. Carter serves as the Vice Chairman of the Program Committeeof the Thirty Fourth and Thirty Fifth Annual Telecommunications Policy Research Conferences (TPRC).Prior to joining the FCC in the fall of 2002, Mr. Carter was Deputy Director of the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) at Columbia University, the leading academic research institute focusing on telecommunications economics and policy and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation center. The Institute is closely monitored as a barometer for emerging trends within the industry. Mr. Carter served as the Institute's liaison to corporations, policy-makers, and the press in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, providing analysis on topical issues. At CITI, he managed CITI’s various research projects, including the development of the first web-based graduate-level distance education course for business students. He was a Director of the Virtual Institute of Information, CITI’s on-line research platform, and was also responsible for the coordination of the MBA concentration in the Management of Entertainment, Communications, and Media at Columbia Business School. He was appointed Associate Director of CITI in June 1998 after having been a legal research assistant as a law student.
Mr. Carter has worked for the Federal Trade Commission on such issues as the FTC's jurisdiction over resellers of prepaid telecommunication services and the deceptive advertising of tariff rates. He began his career in media and communications, having worked for MTV Networks, Island Records, and the international television syndication firm, D.L. Taffner.
Mr. Carter earned an Executive MBA from Columbia Business School (Dean's List) while working full-time as the Deputy Director of CITI. Mr. Carter received his JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. While in law school, he was a member of the Cardozo Arts Entertainment Law Journal and President of the Cardozo Asian and Pacific Law Students Association. Mr. Carter was awarded an Alexander Judicial Fellowship, serving as a full-time junior clerk in the chambers of Hon. John C. Lifland, U.S.D.J. He was graduated from Colgate University with a BA in Economics and East Asian Studies after studying abroad in England and Japan. Mr. Carter grew up in New York, where he attended Horace Mann School.
Mr. Carter is an avid scuba diver and has a certification of Divemaster. He is proficient in Japanese and studies Japanese archery, called “Kyudo”. Mr. Carter lives in Bonn, Germany with his wife, Elizabeth, and their son, Jaydon.
WIK-Consult GmbH, Bad Honnef, Germany
Senior Consultant, April 2007 - Present
The Wissenschaftliches Institut für Infrastruktur und Kommunikationsdienste (Scientific Institute for Infrastructure and Communication Services) is Germany's leading research and advisory organization for communication services. Advise both private and public clients on matters concerning economics, business strategy, and regulatory policy for network industries. Areas of specialization include:
Senior Counsel for Business and Economics, (promoted to Senior Counsel) September 2002 - April 2007
The Office, in concert with the Chairman, Commissioners, Bureaus, and other Offices, works to develop a strategic plan identifying short- and long-term policy objectives.
Deputy Director, (promoted from Associate Director) June 1998 – August 2002
The Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) is a university-based research center focusing on economic, strategy, management, and policy issues in telecommunications, computing, and electronic mass media industries.
- The Broadband Economy and Emerging Markets in Bandwidth
- Mass Media Content for Mobile Wireless Communications
- Television Over the Internet
- The Telecommunications Industry and Financial Markets
- Resilience of Communications Networks in Times of Disaster
Legal Intern, Summer 1997
Wrote legal memoranda on the FTC's jurisdiction over vendors of prepaid telephone calling cards and obtained a preliminary injunction. Wrote and presented a legal memorandum advising FTC attorneys of the Fed. R. Evid. 702 standards to admit scientific evidence under Daubert v. Dow Merrell Pharmaceuticals.
Honorable John C. Lifland, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
Alexander Judicial Fellow, Spring 1997
Competitively selected by a faculty committee to serve as a full-time junior clerk in a federal judge's chambers for academic credit. Researched and wrote memoranda and draft opinions on a broad range of civil legal issues. Assisted Judge in matters before the Court.
Island Records, Inc., New York, NY
Law Clerk, Summer 1996
Performed due diligence to determine Island’s copyrights and contractual obligations affecting business transactions. Created deal memoranda abstracting recording contracts.
DLT Entertainment, Ltd., New York, NY
Sales and Research Assistant, 1993 - 1995
Created contracts and sales reports for international and domestic television program sales. Evaluated business requirements and implemented software to catalogue program titles for license. Tracked performance of syndicated television programs in Nielsen metered markets.
Allegiance Group, New York, NY
Computer Consultant to MTV Networks, 1992 - 1993
Served as liaison between IS and accounting departments for the analysis and development of software for accounts payable, needed to accommodate rapid growth in MTV's business.
Business School, New York, NY
Supreme Court of the United States (April 24, 2006).
District of Columbia (September 11, 2000).
New York State, First Department (October 26, 1998).
Kenneth R. Carter and
William Lehr, eds., Conference Proceedings of the Thirty Fifth Annual
Telecommunications Policy Research
Conference (forthcoming, 2007).
Kenneth R. Carter, Policy Lessons from Personal Communications Services: A Hohfeldian Analysis of Licensed vs. Unlicensed Spectrum Access, Telecommunications Policy Research Conference (October 2004).
Paper on Unlicensed
Their Regulatory Issues, Translation
into Japanese, Overseas Telecommunications Journal, Research Institute
of Telecommunication Economics,
Japan (RITE) (Spring 2003).
Kenneth R. Carter, et al., Unlicensed and Unshackled: A Joint OSP-OET White Paper on Unlicensed Devices and Their Regulatory Issues, FCC OSP Working Paper Series (Citations and Filed Comments) (May 2003).
Kenneth R. Carter, et al., NTT DoCoMo, USA: Can It Bring the Wireless Internet to America?, Chazen Web J. of Intl. Bus., Issue II (April 15, 2003).
Kenneth R. Carter, et al., Spectrum Licenses as Sunk Costs: A Critique of an FCC Working Paper, CITI Working Paper Series (May 2001).
Kenneth R. Carter, Spectrum Licenses as Long-Lived Assets, CITI Working Paper Series (April 2001).
Production Manager, Eli M. Noam, Interconnecting the Network of Networks (MIT Press, 2001).
Kenneth R. Carter and Ivana Kriznic, Internet Services and New Regulations in Argentina, 8 Latin Am. Law & Bus. Rep. 2 (August 2000) (cited in Luz E. Nagle, E-Commerce in Latin America: Legal and Business Challenges for Developing Enterprise, 50 Am. Univ. L. Rev. 859, at 888 (October 2001)).
Production Manager, Eli M. Noam, Ownership and Concentration in the U.S. Communications Industry (forthcoming).
Kenneth R. Carter, Admission by Party Proponent: Polygraph Evidence under the Federal Rules of Evidence and the Fifth Amendment, 71 pages (1997) (unpublished, on file with the author).
Kenneth R. Carter, The Virtual Article of Manufacture: The Design Patentability of Computer-Generated Icons, 55 pages (1996) (CITI Working Paper 919).
GPON Deployment Forum, Presenter, IIR Telecoms, Amsterdam, Netherlands (December 3-6, 2007).
Neutrality: Implications for Europe, Organizer, WIK, Bonn, Germany
(December 3-4, 2007).
Telecommunications Policy Research
Program Committee Vice Chair and Presenter,
Telecommunications Policy Research
Program Committee Member,
FCC Policy Issues,
Camp NARUC 2005,
Broadband Wireless: WiMax Licensing Regimes and Municipal Wireless Networks in the United States, Keynote, KITI and The Broadband Association, Tokyo, Japan (English version) (June 6, 2005).
Plenary Session Moderator and Presenter, University of Illinois
Technology Roadmap, North America W2i
Wireless Internet Institute, Philadelphia, PA (
Closing of the Spectrum Frontier: What spectrum allocation models work
when and where?, Presenter, Columbia University (September 27,
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