Jennifer Holtz is a senior associate in the firm’s Washington D.C. office. Her practice focuses on communications matters. Her areas of expertise include broadband infrastructure deployment, including on federal lands, wireless and wireline communications, e-Rate, the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), and emergency communications. She possesses a deep knowledge of cabinet-level agency programs and policies and often advises on federal funding programs. She is passionate about helping clients and communities address regulatory and legislative challenges so they can deliver communications technology services and products to their customers.
Ms. Holtz offers a unique perspective on the communications and technology sector, with extensive experience in both the public and private sector, including federal agencies, consulting firms, industry, and trade associations. She uses her communications policy experience to help clients assess business, regulatory and legislative implications and execute strategies to attain desired results. Specifically, she has a solid knowledge of the Federal government interagency process, working on the Broadband Opportunity Council Presidential Memorandum, Accelerating Broadband Deployment on Federal Lands Executive Order, the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, the Emergency Communications Preparedness Center, and the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council’s FirstNet Committee.
Prior to joining Kelley Drye, Ms. Holtz was a senior communications program specialist at the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the President’s principle advisor on telecommunication and information policy issues. While there, she helped launch NTIA’s BroadbandUSA, an initiative designed to support community broadband projects and promote broadband deployment and adoption, advancing economic development, education, health care, and public safety. Through BroadbandUSA, Ms. Holtz was instrumental in shaping President Obama’s Broadband Opportunity Council, working with 25 federal agencies including the National Economic Council, Office of Science and Technology Policy, (OSTP), General Services Administration, Federal Communications Commission, as well as the Departments of Agriculture, Interior, Transportation, Education, and Housing & Urban Development to promote broadband deployment, adoption, and competition. She has also been involved in the ConnectHome and ConnectEd efforts. Her other role at NTIA included advising program staff on compliance issues affecting BTOP grant recipients and investigated complaints filed with the Department of Commerce’s Office of Inspector General.
At Booz Allen Hamilton, she helped the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) anticipate and address interoperability and public safety communications legislative and regulatory issues. Specifically, she counseled OEC on the public safety broadband provisions of the Middle Class Tax Cut Act, and helped shape DHS’ participation in FirstNet, the nation's public safety broadband network. She counseled the 14-member interagency Emergency Communications Preparedness Center on legislative and regulatory barriers affecting law enforcement communications. Ms. Holtz also advised the Qatar’s Ministry of Information and Communications Technology on spectrum and licensing matters.
During law school, Ms. Holtz founded the Communications Law & Policy Symposium, which brought legal practitioners and public officials together with students interested in communications law. While at the London School of Economics, Ms. Holtz successfully launched a campaign to restrict smoking in university buildings and dormitories, resulting in a new no-smoking policy within less than two years. At the University of Southern California’s (USC) Annenberg School for Communications, Ms. Holtz co-led an effort for USC’s Communications Policy Center to review the FCC's biennial media ownership proceeding and host a town hall meeting at USC with several FCC Commissioners. During her studies, Ms. Holtz held a variety of internship positions including Google, CTIA, Consumer Electronics Association, as well as the FCC’s Office of Chairman, Office of the General Counsel, and the International Bureau.
Ms. Holtz is a regular contributor to CommLaw Monitor, Kelley Drye’s communications law blog.
Launch Broadband Opportunity Council under March 23, 2015 Presidential Memorandum; design and conduct survey of 25 federal agency’s government programs which currently support broadband or could be modified to support broadband; draft Request for Comment and lead review of submitted public comments; identify federal barriers to prompting and investing broadband deployment and adoption and recommend solutions to member agencies.
Develop Administration’s business case and policy on ConnectED and brief White House OSTP.
Successfully recommended broadband provisions to the Grow America Act, accepted by the Office of Management and Budget and Department of Transportation.
Implement Executive Order 13616, “Accelerating Broadband Infrastructure Deployment” on behalf of Federal clients with the White House OSTP to streamline Federal Departments and Agencies policies on broadband deployment.
Provide subject matter expertise to the development of the President’s National Security and Telecommunications Council’s Report on a Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.
Investigated and resolved complaints by third parties against Broadband Technology Opportunities Program recipients receiving federal funding for broadband deployment.
Analyze BTOP recipient requests for governmental approval for the sale and/or lease of Indefeasible Rights of Use (IRSs).
Develop internal policy for BTOP recipient requests for acquiring loans with third parties which would encumber federally funded assets.
Oversaw BTOP infrastructure awards totaling $72M to ensure compliance with award terms and conditions, reporting requirements, and oversight obligations.
Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
Advise States and telecommunications companies on Federal BTOP rules, resulting in grants of $140 million, by analyzing business cases and developing public private partnerships.
Led review of 55 BTOP applications on behalf of a State Governor’s Office to select projects to submit to NTIA by evaluating projects against established criteria.
Prepare a written options memorandum on the development of a nationwide public safety broadband network for the National Economic Council.
Manage the Legal and Regulatory Barriers Focus Group of the Emergency Communications Preparedness Center, which drafted reports to the Executive Committee members.
Facilitate development of Administrative Requirements Working Group written recommendations in National Public Safety Telecommunication Council’s report to the FCC’s Interoperability Board.
Analyze the impact of the public safety broadband provisions of the Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Relief Act of 2012 and devise an implementation strategy.
Successfully obtain Special Temporary Authorization from the Federal Communications Commission for wireless base station testing.
Advise Qatar’s Supreme Council for Information Technology and Communications Policy on national regulatory matters, including spectrum auctions and licensing policy.
Memberships & Associations
Federal Communications Bar Association, Co-Chair of the Wireless Committee (Former Co-Chair of Public Safety and Homeland Security, Annual Seminar, and Marketing and Membership Committees, New York Chapter)
Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation Trustee and Intern Stipend Committee (Former Assistant Secretary, Assistant Treasurer, and Co-Chair of Scholarship, Law School Scholarship, and Mentoring Committees)
Executive Women in Government
Syracuse University College of Law Washington D.C. Externship Program, Associate Director
Compass DC, Kid Power (deputy team lead), Arlingtonians Meeting Emergency Needs (2010-2012)
Honors & Awards
NTIA On-the-Spot Award for achievement of organizational goals
NTIA Time Off Award for contributions to ConnectEd initiative
NTIA Time-Off Award for contributions to the Broadband Opportunity Council
Booz Allen Team Performance Award for “Outstanding Leadership and Support”