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[ I will be at the FCC as an IPA --  a US government mechanism which allows
me to serve the country while remaining a Penn Faculty member. I  look
forward to returning to Penn in a year or so with a great deal of
experience and knowledge regarding  the policy and economic issues involved
in deploying the new communications  technologies. djf]

For Immediate Release                              News Media contact:
January 3, 2000                                        Rosemary Kimball at
(202) 418-0500

DAVID J. FARBER NAMED FCC CHIEF TECHNOLOGIST

Washington, DC  David J. Farber, currently the Alfred Fitler Moore
Professor of Telecommunication Systems at the University of Pennsylvania,
has been named Chief Technologist for the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC).

William E. Kennard, chairman of the FCC, welcomed Farber noting, "The FCC,
and, indeed, the entire country, are very fortunate to have the services of
such a distinguished, world-class technology expert as Dave Farber at this
time, as the FCC continues to tackle the complicated and increasingly
technical issues involved in ensuring universal broadband access."

Farber holds appointments in the Computer and Information Science and
Electrical Engineering Departments in the School of Engineering and
Applied  Science at Penn.  He is Director of both the Center for
Communications & Information Science & Policy and the Distributed Systems
Laboratory, where he is leading research in ultra-high speed networking,
the design of innovative distributed computer architecture, and distributed
collaboration methodology.

He was previously with the University of Delaware, the University of
California in Irvine, Scientific Data Systems, the Rand Corporation, and
the Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Farber is a Fellow of the IEEE and is the holder of the 1995 SIGCOMM Award
for lifelong contributions to the field.  In 1998 he received the John
Scott Award for contributions to Humanity.  Earlier recipients have
included Albert Einstein, G. Marconi, Madam Curie, the Wright
brothers,  and Thomas Edison.


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