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Robert Pepper

Head, Global Connectivity Policy and Planning at Facebook


Dr. Robert Pepper helps lead Facebook’s connectivity and technology policy activities focusingon new technology development, deployment and adoption. Pepper previously was Cisco’s VicePresident for Global Technology Policy for more than a decade working with governmentsglobally helping them develop digital strategies including ICT and development, broadbandplans, wireless and spectrum policy, the Internet of Things, security, privacy and Internetgovernance.Pepper was Chief of the Office of Plans and Policy and Chief of Policy Development at the FCCfor 16 years beginning in 1989 where he led teams designing and implementing the first U.S.spectrum auctions, developing policies promoting the development of the Internet, implementingtelecommunications legislation, and planning for the transition to digital television.His academic appointments included faculty positions at the Universities of Iowa, Indiana, andPennsylvania, and as a research affiliate at Harvard University.Pepper received his BA. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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