Blair Levin

Non-Resident Senior Fellow of the Metropolitan Policy Project
Brookings Institute


Blair Levin has worked for the past 25 years at a high-level at the intersection of broadband policy and capital markets. From 1993-1997 Levin served as Chief of Staff to FCC Chairman Reed Hundt. In 2009 he co-lead the technology transition team for President-elect Obama and returned to government service from 2009-2010, to oversee the development of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan. He then founded and oversaw Gig.U, a consortium of three dozen university communities working to accelerate the deployment of next generation broadband networks. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has praised Mr. Levin’s work, noting “no one’s done more to advance broadband expansion and competition through the vision of the National Broadband Plan and Gig.U.” In 2018, working with the World Bank and UNHCR, he led a team that produced a Global Broadband Plan for Refugees.

Between his stints working for the FCC, Mr. Levin worked as an equity analyst at Legg Mason and Stifel Nicolaus. He now does similar work for New Street Research. Barron’s Magazine noted his work, "has always been on top of developing trends and policy shifts in media and telecommunications … and has proved visionary in getting out in front of many of today's headline making events." Levin has also served as a consultant to numerous communications enterprises, and to a number of local, state, and national governments on broadband policy. In addition, he is as a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Metropolitan Policy Project of the Brookings Institution and previously was with the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program.

He is the co-author, with Reed Hundt, of “The Politics of Abundance” (2012) and, with Denise Linn, of “The Next Generation Connectivity Handbook: a Guide for Community Leaders Seeking Affordable, Abundant Bandwidth” (2014) as well as numerous articles on telecommunications policy. Prior to his government service, Mr. Levin practiced law in North Carolina, where he represented new communications ventures, as well as local governments. He is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.

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