Influencing Telecommunication Laws and Policy

Influencing Telecommunication Laws and Policy 2017-03-31T16:13:58+00:00

John Chwat has a long record of serving private sector companies, industries, and trade and professional associations in the telecommunications area. He was a lobbyist for the Communications Satellite Corporation (COMSAT) influencing Congress on major legislation impacting international and domestic communications. In serving clients, his firm provided daily FCC and Congressional monitoring and reporting in the 1980’s to the National Exchange Carriers Association (NECA) based in NJ and impacting telephone policy and tariffs. For over 27 years, he served as the Washington, D.C. lobbyist for the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) representing over 700,000 amateur radio licensees in their spectrum and radio policy issues in Congress. Mr. Chwat is active on the Alarm Industry Communication Committee (AICC) composed of all electronic and monitoring corporations and suppliers in the security industry, impacting the FCC and Congress. In this capacity, he is Director of Government Relations for the Electronic Security Association (ESA).

A Record of Success

  • When Congress allocated increases in fees for every FCC licensed communications entity
  • John Chwat worked with Congressional leadership in the Committees of jurisdiction to exempt its clients, resulting in savings of over $15M
  • When Congress considered selling spectrum Mr. Chwat secured Congressional leadership reversal of these allocations many times. Extensive, successful spectrum legislation experience benefiting clients.
  • Secured witnesses, prepared testimony, and influenced outcomes before the House and Senate Telecommunication Subcommittee’s over twenty years;
  • Worked with Communications leadership in Congress to pass provisions in two Public Laws directing the FCC to undertake major studies on broadband and transmission/antenna policies;
  • Developed and implemented national grassroots companies to influence the  U.S. Congress on FCC and telecom policy. One project generated over 200,000 comments to Congress and the FCC;
  • Coordinated FCC presentation and proposal regulations; drafted FCC comments and filed them for clients.