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NAB hires Ornelas as strategy officer as spectrum debate continues

Christopher Ornelas has joined the National Association of Broadcasters as its chief strategy officer, reporting to NAB president and former Senate boss Gordon Smith.

Ornelas, who begins May 10, comes from the law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, where he worked in the telecommunications and technology policy group. Before that, he was chief counsel on communications and technology policy in Smith's Senate office, where he dealt with wireless, wire line and media issues before the Senate Commerce Committee.

The NAB is beefing up its ranks as it argues on spectrum policy issues that could take airwaves being held by broadcasters for future mobile broadband use. The NAB has argued that it needs spectrum for new business, such as mobile TV. The Federal Communications Commission has proposed auctioning portions of spectrum and sharing proceeds with broadcasters.

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 26, 2010; 5:42 PM ET
 
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