FOR RELEASE: February 17, 2016

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute

Arlington, Va., February 17, 2016 – Will Johnson of Verizon has been elected to the Board of Trustees of The Media Institute, it was announced today by Institute President Patrick Maines.  Johnson is Senior Vice President, Federal Regulatory and Legal Affairs, for Verizon.

Johnson leads Verizon’s federal regulatory group and has responsibility for representing the company on a wide range of issues, including Internet governance and spectrum policy, before the FCC and other federal agencies.  He also represents Verizon in related federal appellate litigation.  Since joining Verizon’s regulatory legal group in 2004, Johnson has spent much of his time focusing on broadband, video, and Internet issues, as well as network transformation and other emerging issues.

Before joining Verizon, Johnson was a litigator at Hogan & Hartson in Washington, D.C., and before that at Long, Aldridge & Norman in Atlanta, Ga.  He also clerked for Chief Judge R. Lanier Anderson and Judge Ed Carnes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  Johnson currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Miriam’s Kitchen, a nonprofit aimed at ending chronic homelessness in Washington, D.C.

“Will Johnson brings a wealth of technical and legal experience to the Institute’s Board.  His expertise in policymaking and his knowledge of the federal regulatory process will be real assets to The Media Institute,” said Patrick Maines.

The Media Institute’s Board of Trustees is comprised of representatives from the broadcasting, cable, digital, telecom, and consumer electronics industries, as well as communications attorneys.  The board is chaired by former FCC chairman Richard E. Wiley, senior partner of Wiley Rein in Washington, D.C.  For more information about the Institute, visit the Institute online at

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