FCC Enforcement Bureau Names Rodriguez Field Director
Friday, October 16, 2020 | Comments

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau announced Axel Rodriguez as the commission’s new field director. He will lead the bureau’s field office staff in its work combatting harmful interference to authorized uses of the airwaves, supporting restoration of communications after disasters, and investigating rule violations and other illegal activities.

“The work of our field offices is essential to meeting the FCC’s mission to ensure that the nation’s spectrum is put to good use,” said Enforcement Bureau Chief Rosemary Harold. “I thank Axel for his willingness to step up to this new and important role. He brings his broad expertise to our enforcement operations at a time when demand for spectrum has never been greater. Because of his earlier work at the commission, Axel knows how the latest wireless devices are supposed to work in the real world. And, thanks to his military service and intelligence work, Axel has considerable understanding of many private and government uses of the spectrum, including terrestrial wireless, broadcasting and satellite operations. We are lucky to have him.”

Rodriguez took the position after serving as a supervisor in the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology lab since 2013. Prior to joining the commission, he worked as an electronics engineer for the Defense Information Systems Agency, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, and the Army Research Laboratory’s Directed Energy branch.

Rodriguez has two decades of both active duty and reserve experience in the U.S. military including as a cyber warfare officer, communications director and battalion signal officer. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University and master’s degrees in engineering and electrical engineering from the University of Maryland and George Washington University, respectively. Rodriguez officially began work as field director late last month. The Enforcement Bureau’s field director oversees 13 field offices. Field staff are responsible for on-the-ground investigations and engaging with those who may have violated the commission’s rules.

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