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WASHINGTON: Michael Copps, acting chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has appointed Jennifer Schneider to his permanent staff as a legal advisor. She previously worked in the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau and in Legislative Affairs.

“I am enormously pleased that Jennifer is returning to the FCC to join my team,” Copps said. “Her breadth of telecommunications experience in the private sector, on Capitol Hill, and here at the FCC will help guide us through the pressing challenge of promoting broadband deployment throughout the United States, as well as addressing the many other telecom issues that come before us.”

Schneider spent the last two years working as legislative counsel to Rep. Rick Boucher (D.-Va.), chairman of the Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. She worked at the FCC from September 2001 until March 2007. Schneider launched her legal career in 1998 as an associate at the firm that’s now Bingham McCutchen in Washington, D.C. She holds a juris doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a B.A. with honors from Hamilton College.

Schneider will work on broadband, universal service and wireline competition issues with Acting Senior Legal Advisor Scott Deutchman. Rick Chessen remains the Acting Chief of Staff and Media Advisor and Paul Murray remains the Interim Legal Advisor for wireless and international issues.