Andrew O. Isar practices in the area of specialized and complex regulatory compliance, public policy, government and industry relations. Mr. Isar specifically focuses on regulatory compliance and issues affecting the competitive telecommunications industry including, certification, tariff and service guide preparation, switched exchange access analysis, asset transfers and transfers of control, broadband deployment issues, and Voice Over Internet protocol telephony and Video Relay Service compliance. He is also engaged in public policy representation before regulatory agencies and legislators, regulatory research and analysis, and provides operations support associated with regulatory requirement implementation. He is a frequent speaker and writer on telecommunications, Internet-enabled telephony, and Internet-based Video Relay Service compliance and policy.
Mr. Isar has been engaged to assist in nationwide certification and tariffing projects for small emerging carriers, established carriers, and international telecommunications service enterprises entering the U.S. He currently represents a variety of telecommunications and IP-enabled service providers to state and federal regulators, and provides ongoing regulatory support to federally regulated video relay service providers. He has assisted companies in mergers and acquisitions by securing necessary regulatory authorities, and prepared regulatory pleadings before state and federal regulatory agencies on behalf of clients. Mr. Isar directed the state regulatory program for the Association of Communications Enterprises (“ASCENT”) and represented the Association to state regulators regarding implementation of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, prior to ASCENT’s merger into the Competitive Communications Association (CompTel).
Prior to forming Miller Isar, Inc. in 1991, Mr. Isar served in senior regulatory positions with regional telecommunications providers. He was formerly with AT&T’s Washington State Law and Government Affairs group, where he assumed responsibility for the representation of policy and regulatory issues before the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, as a communications officer. Mr. Isar earned a Masters’ of Science degree from the University of Southern California suma cum laude and Bachelor of Business Administration degree cum laude from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is active in professional and community organizations.