On January 14, 2019, HWG Technology Policy Advisor Damon Ladson was elected to the United States ITU Association (USITUA) Board of Directors.

USITUA, which boasts a membership of over 50 businesses, associations, and consultants in the telecommunications sector, including HWG, gathers to advance private sector views and proposals on policy matters before the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to increase coordination between the U.S. government and the private sector, and to promote U.S. industry interests.  During his tenure on the Board, Mr. Ladson hopes to strengthen the relationship between the government and USITUA.

Earlier this year, Damon participated in the USITUA’s “Pre-CPM Briefing in Anticipation of WRC 2019,” where he offered his views on proposed spectrum allocations on the WRC-19 agenda.  WRC-19, the World Radiocommunications Conference being held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, will convene under the direction of the ITU, a United Nations organization, to revise the international Radio Regulations.

Damon Ladson is a technology policy advisor with the law firm of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis, LLP, where he advises the firm and clients on technical and policy matters related to international spectrum management and acquisition, spectrum engineering, interference avoidance, broadband fixed and mobile wireless access, satellite space and earth station engineering and coordination, equipment compliance and authorization, and licensing matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Ladson was Deputy Chief, Planning and Negotiations Division, in the Federal Communications Commission’s International Bureau.  There, Mr. Ladson served as Director of the FCC’s World Radiocommunication Conference preparations and as well as vice-Chair of the United States Delegation to the International Telecommunication Union’s 2000 World Radiocommunications Conference.

Mr. Ladson also served as a Senior Engineer in the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET).  While there, Mr. Ladson was responsible for long-range spectrum planning, coordinating FCC preparations for ITU technical conferences, and authoring spectrum-related rulemaking proceedings.  Before serving in OET, Mr. Ladson was an engineer in the FCC’s Mass Media Bureau, where he conducted broadcast station interference analyses.

Mr. Ladson has 36 years of telecommunications experience.