Former FCC Media Bureau Chief to Lead Foundation
WASHINGTON D.C. - The Progress & Freedom Foundation announced today that W. Kenneth Ferree has been chosen for the position of President of the think tank. Ferree, a former Chief of the Media Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission, is a noted expert on communications and media issues.
PFF Chairman and co-founder George "Jay" Keyworth, II, said of Ferree's hire: "With his reputation of championing deregulation and free markets, I believe Ken Ferree is an ideal choice to lead the Foundation. His invaluable knowledge of communications and media policy will complement the scholarship being performed by PFF Fellows." Keyworth continued, "I am confident that his leadership skills will help to increase the impact of the Foundation on public policy."
"I am thrilled to be taking the reins of PFF," said Ferree. "I look forward to building on the solid reputation of PFF and expanding our reach in areas of technology policy. I am excited to be presented with this opportunity to work with the talented staff at the Foundation."
Ken Ferree was appointed Chief of the Cable Services Bureau, now the Media Bureau, by FCC Commissioner Powell and served from 2001 to 2005. During his tenure, USA TODAY described Ferree as a "libertarian intellectual" and "one of the sharpest legal minds in Washington." After his stint at the Federal Communications Commission, Ferree served as an Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Interim CEO at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Prior to his work at the FCC, Ferree practice law with multiple firms, focusing on communications law. Most recently, he led the communications practice group at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton. Ferree received his law degree at Georgetown University Law Center, his MBA at San Jose State University, and a BA in English from Dartmouth College. Ferree spent six years as an adjunct professor at Georgetown teaching communications law.
The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) research & educational organization.