Ian Forbes joined DLA Piper after five years in the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB).

In WCB, Ian’s primary areas of expertise were universal service and broadband deployment, with a particular focus on high-cost and contributions issues. He worked on reform and implementation matters stemming from the FCC's 2011 Universal Service Fund Transformation Order, including the Connect America Fund (CAF) engineering cost model (CAM), the CAF Phase II auction, and various CAF Phase I and Phase II issues involving insular and tribal areas. Ian led the FCC’s Rural Broadband Experiments, a program of targeted experiments to gain experience and data to inform policy decisions regarding how to ensure universal access. He also oversaw a team dedicated to contributions issues, including interfacing with the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service on contributions methodology reform, as well as the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) on various contributions policy and audit matters.

Ian also served in WCB's front office as Legal Advisor to the Bureau Chief. In this capacity, his portfolio included matters related to telecommunications access policy and regulation and administration of the Universal Service Fund, including the CAF, Lifeline, School and Libraries (also known as E-rate), and Rural Health Care programs, as well as other rural and tribal broadband deployment issues.