Public Utilities Advisory Council. He is also a member of the Montana Food Bank Network’s board of directors and a member of the State Bar of Montana Professionalism Committee. He is past chair of the Regional Oversight Committee for US West. Before election to the Montana Public Service Commission, he was in public interest practice; was a VISTA volunteer; and was a public interest lawyer, specializing in utility law and policy; he also worked for the Montana Legal Service Association, a private nonprofit organization, and he represented a variety of community organizations in rate cases and other utility-related proceedings. He researched and wrote on customer-oriented utility policy for the National Consumer Center, the National Center for Appropriate Technology, and other organizations.
Steven S. Wildman is director of the James H. and Mary B. Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law and the James H. Quello Chair of Telecommunications Studies at Michigan State University. The center, and through it his chair, is endowed, supporting broad-based and affiliation-dependent research in support of policy making. Previously, Dr. Wildman was an associate professor at Northwestern University and director of its Program in Telecommunications Science, Management, and Policy. His research interests include determinants of market structure and economic aspects of information and communication. He has served as a consultant on matters relating to broadcasting, cable television, and voice and nonvoice telecommunications. His publications include International Trade in Films and Television Programs (1988), Electronic Services Networks: A Business and Public Policy Challenge (1991), Video Economics (1992), and Making Universal Service Policy: Enhancing the Process Through Multidisciplinary Evaluation (1999). Professor Wildman received his Ph.D. from Stanford University.