FCC Names Head of Communications Business Opportunities

Sanford Williams had been acting director

FCC chair Ajit Pai has named Sanford Williams director of the FCC's Office of Communications Business Opportunities (OCBO).

Williams had been acting director of the office, which is the principal advisor to the chairman and commissioners on policies affecting diverse groups, including women, small businesses and minorities. The office also coordinates with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

“The FCC plays an important role in encouraging a communications industry in which small businesses, including minority- and women-owned businesses, thrive,” Pai said. “While it is not our place to dictate market outcomes, there are productive ways that this agency can connect people, foster competition and establish policies that support a market that reflects America’s diversity. I’m pleased Sanford has agreed to continue to lead this work; I value his counsel in ensuring that these issues are included in our policy thinking.”

Williams has been an attorney with the FCC since 1999. Before that he was with Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice and was a professor at the former Augusta State University (now Augusta University) in Augusta, Ga.