John W. Hunter is a FLIA Advisory Committee Member and a FLIA Scholar. He is a telecommunications lawyer in Washington, DC, having served in multiple positions in both the private sector and in federal, state and local government. He now is Chief Policy Counsel for wireline competition at the Federal Communications Commission. He previously served as Chief of Staff and Senior Legal Advisor to an FCC Commissioner and as Counsel to a U.S. House of Representatives Committee and to a Member of Congress. He was Chairman of the Virginia Public Broadcasting Board under three Governors, a position requiring confirmation by the Virginia General Assembly, and a Commissioner of the Fairfax County, Virginia Planning Commission. In the private sector in both law firms and a national trade association, Mr. Hunter represented telecommunications companies, including local exchange, wireless, interexchange and international carriers, broadcasters, cable companies and equipment manufacturers. Mr. Hunter holds a Juris Doctor degree from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Albion College. He is an honorary member of the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service at Albion College and actively supports current students and alumni of the Ford Institute.