FCC chairman’s legal advisor to co-direct Spectrum Policy Task Force
Peter A. Tenhula, senior legal adviser to FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell, has been named co-director of the agency’s Spectrum Policy Task Force.
A statement from the FCC said that in his new position, Tenhula will be working with Paul Kolodzy, Ph.D., the current director of the task force, on the next phases of its mission. Tenhula will coordinate FCC spectrum policy activities across its various bureaus, with Congress and with the administration.
“Peter has played an invaluable role in my personal office over the last five years. His wise counsel has guided me through many difficult and important decisions on wireless, international and defense issues. Working with the Spectrum Policy Task Force and other parts of the government, Peter will help drive the creation and implementation of spectrum policies that reflect the realities of today’s technologies and market environment while promoting new and innovative technologies that will directly benefit the American public,” Powell said.
Tenhula joined then-Commissioner Powell’s staff as a legal adviser in 1997. A 12-year FCC veteran, Tenhula started his career at the FCC in 1990 as a staff attorney in the Video Services Division of the Mass Media Bureau. From 1991–1995, he worked in the Administrative Law Division of the FCC’s Office of General Counsel, and from 1995–1997, he served as special counsel to the FCC’s General Counsel.
Before joining the Commission, Tenhula served as a legal intern with U.S. Representative Michael G. Oxley and the National Association of Broadcasters. Tenhula received a B.A. degree in Telecommunications from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. He is a member of the Missouri Bar and the Federal Communications Bar Association.