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Neil Suryakant Patel


President Bush nominated NRI Neil Suryakant Patel to serve as Assistant Secretary
for Communications Information

Washington, March 16, 2008
Ramesh Gupta

President George W. Bush announced nomination of Neil Suryakant Patel, 38, of the District of Columbia to be Assistant Secretary for Communications Information at the Department of Commerce (National Telecommunications and Information Administration- NTIA)

Currently, NRI Neil Suryakant Patel is an Assistant to the Vice President, Cheney for Domestic and Economic policy issues including energy and the environment, healthcare, finanancial services, transportation, international economics and technology and telecommunications.

Patel served as assistant general counsel at UUNET Technologies, one of the first commercial Internet service providers. At UUNET, he worked on policy issues including e-commerce, internet taxation, and internet security and abuse.

After George W. Bush's announcement, Federal Communications Chairman Kevin Martin and Commissioner McDowell released statements in support of the appointment.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin martin said:

  • Neil Patel has been a dedicated public servant whom I have known for the past seven years.
  • I am pleased someone of Neil’s caliber is filling this position at NTIA at such a crucial time.
  • Neil’s extensive experience with technology and telecommunications issues will immediately help advance NTIA’s goals and ultimately benefit consumers across multimedia platforms.
  • I look forward to working with Neil on a broad range of issues, and especially as we prepare the country for the transition to digital."

Republican Federal Communications Commission member Robert McDowell said:

  • I applaud President Bush’s nomination of Neil Patel to head the National Telecommunications and Information Administration
  • I have had the pleasure of knowing Neil for many years. He is a substantive, energetic and committed public servant who is well-suited to lead the NTIA. I wish Neil the best as he proceeds through the confirmation process.
  • I know Neil will continue to build on their strong accomplishments to advance the common goals of the NTIA and the commission during the exciting months ahead.

Michael Petricone, senior vice president of government affairs for the Consumer Electronics Association said, 'We congratulate Neil Patel on his nomination as assistant secretary for communications and information"

About NTIA

A bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is the President's principal adviser on telecommunications and information policy issues, and in this role frequently works with other Executive Branch agencies to develop and present the Administration's position on these issues. Since its creation in 1978, NTIA has been at the cutting edge of critical issues. In addition to representing the Executive Branch in both domestic and international telecommunications and information policy activities, NTIA also manages the Federal use of spectrum; performs cutting-edge telecommunications research and engineering, including resolving technical telecommunications issues for the Federal government and private sector; and administers infrastructure and public telecommunications facilities grants.




  • Mr. Patel received his bachelor's degree from Trinity College and his JD from Georgetown University.
  • After graduating from Georgetown University Law School, Patel worked at law firm Dechert Price & Rhoads.