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Rick Lane

Rick Lane most recently served as the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for 21st Century Fox (News Corporation). Before leaving the company Rick had  been with 21st Century Fox for 16 years.  As Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Rick was responsible for coordinating  the development and implementation of the Corporation's public policy activities. Before joining News Corporation, Rick was the Director of Congressional Affairs focusing on E-Commerce and Internet public policy issues for the United States Chamber of Commerce, the world's largest business organization. Prior to working at the Chamber, Rick was employed by the international law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (WG&M) as the Director of Legislative Affairs. While at Weil, he advised and represented clients before Congress on a variety of legislative matters affecting the technology and telecommunications industries. From 1988 to 1993, he worked for U.S. Representative Joseph D. Early (D-MA) as an Associate Staff member to the House Appropriations Committee. While working for Representative Early, his primary responsibilities involved technology, telecommunications, tax, education, and labor and related issues. Rick's background also includes creating the Modern Educational Technology Center (METEC) and CyberSports, Inc. METEC was an educational technology private-public partnership. CyberSports is a for profit corporation which created the leading college and university sports recruiting software in the nation. 

Rick has served in leadership positions on a variety of federal, state, local commissions and committees, including his participation as a member of the United States Trade Representative's Joint Government-Private Sector Committee on Experts on Electronic Commerce (Joint E-Commerce Committee). He also served on the Federal Trade Commission's Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security. At the local level Rick served as chairman of the Montgomery County Cable & Communications Advisory Committee (CCAC) working to develop the County's cable and communications policy.