Comcast official to meet with telecommunications classes

The senior director of external affairs and public policy counsel for communications giant Comcast will meet with four separate telecommunications classes and hundreds of Penn State students Feb. 21 and 22 at the University Park campus.

Rudy Brioche will meet with classes focusing on telecommunications economics, ethics, law and regulation during his visit. He also will conduct separate discussions with faculty members.

“Comcast is one of the largest and most important media companies in the world. The recently completed merger with NBC Universal puts Comcast at the forefront of digital entertainment, and it is a natural fit to have executives from Comcast meet with students in the telecommunications major,” said Matt Jackson, head of the Department of Telecommunications. “Rudy Brioche brings a high level of expertise into the classroom and the students will benefit immensely.”

Brioche represents Comcast’s interests before Congress. Before joining the company, he worked as a legal adviser at the Federal Communications Commission and focused on media regulatory issues. Before that, he worked in the U.S. Senate for Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a Democrat from New Jersey.

Earlier in his career, Brioche worked for the NAACP and as a law clerk. He earned his law degree from the University of Maryland and holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University.

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Last Updated February 15, 2011