Mr.Paul Garnett is a Director in Microsoft’s Technology Policy Group, where he focuses on promoting affordable broadband access. Paul and his team work with governments, research institutions, companies, and NGOs around the world to foster new wireless technologies and business models that will reduce the cost of wireless bandwidth and enable billions of people to get online more easily. Over the last 12 months Paul and his team have established wireless broadband projects in places as varied as the rural heart of Kenya and the urban complexity of Singapore. Partnering with the Kenyan Ministry of Information & Communications and local ISP, Indigo Telecom, Paul has helped deliver the Mawingu project, using solar-powered based stations and TV white spaces technology to deliver high-speed wireless internet to rural areas currently lacking even basic electricity. In contrast, Paul’s work with the Singapore White Spaces Pilot Group (SWSPG) has shown the practical benefits of white spaces technology in an urban environment, from providing scope for ever increasing machine-to-machine communication through to simply being better at penetrating walls and other obstacles.
Paul’s team has also announced projects in the Philippines, South Africa, and Tanzania. Throughout his career, Paul has consistently been drawn to the challenge of universal access. Prior to joining Microsoft, Paul spent 17 years in Washington, DC, where he focused on telecommunications law and policy. As Assistant Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, at CTIA-The Wireless Association’, he represented the U.S. wireless industry before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the U.S. Congress. Paul also worked at the FCC in its Wireline Competition Bureau leading complex rulemakings on universal service and intercarrier compensation regulations. Paul was an Associate in Swidler Berlin’s telecommunications practice representing telecommunications and broadband start-ups.
In addition, Paul was a Consultant at Price Waterhouse advising on the privatization of state-owned telecommunications and utility monopolies. Paul earned his bachelor's degree in political science at Union College and his law degree at the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.