Barry D. Umansky is a senior fellow with the Digital Policy Institute ("DPI") and a professor in the Telecommunications Department at Ball State University.
He is a communications lawyer who has represented broadcasters and other electronic media and has had an extensive communications career in government and industry.
After work at radio and TV stations in the Midwest during college and law school, he served for seven years as an attorney doing communications policy work at the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Umansky then became Deputy General Counsel with the National Association of Broadcasters ("NAB") in Washington.
Following twenty years at the NAB Legal and Regulatory Affairs Department, he was engaged in the private practice of law for several years before joining Ball State and DPI.
Mr. Umansky also served as a member of the board of the former Washington-based Electromagnetic Energy Association and the former National Antenna Consortium.
first of two two-year terms on the Broadcast Education Association Board of Directors in April 2008.
In July 2011, he was appointed by the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to serve on the FCC's Consumer Advisory Committee.
In March 2013, he
was reappointed to that federal advisory committee and was named co-chair of that federal advisory committee's "Internet Protocol Transition Working Group."
is a frequent speaker at communications industry meetings and often is quoted on communications policy matters in industry and general press and on radio and television programs.
He is a graduate of Carleton College and the Washington University School of Law.