TitleCompany:Head of Global Connectivity Policy and Planning, Meta, USA
Bio:Robert Pepper helps lead Meta’s global connectivity policy and planning activities focusing on new technology development and trends, deployment, and adoption of connectivity infrastructure, including subsea, terrestrial networks, and related infra. Pepper previously was Cisco’s Vice President for Global Technology Policy for more than a decade working with governments globally helping them develop digital. Pepper was Chief of the Office of Plans and Policy and Chief of Policy Development at the FCC for 16 years where he led teams designing and implementing the first U.S. spectrum auctions, developing policies promoting the development of the Internet, implementing telecommunications legislation, and planning for the transition to digital television. His academic appointments included faculty positions at the Universities of Iowa, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, and as a research affiliate at Harvard University. He currently is a Board Trustee of the Internet Society and a member of UK’s Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board. Pepper received his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.