Cowhey, Peter

Deandirector, other
Division: UCSD
Phone: 858-534-1946
Fax: 858-534-3939
Room: 4202
Mail code: 519
Research Layer: Policy & Society

Bio: Peter Cowhey is an internationally recognized expert in telecommunications and information policy and markets who also is a leader in building cooperative international arrangements for the management of security and economic issues. He is a practical visionary. In the early 1980s, he envisioned the creation of a world where inexpensive international calling and high speed, global data networks were available in every office and home. For twelve years, he worked with companies and governments to advance this vision. He then spent three years in the Clinton administration as the head of international policy and regulation for the Federal Communications Commission and an adviser to the U.S. Trade Representative. He is widely credited as the moving force behind the successful completion of a global trade agreement in 1997 at the World Trade Organization to open up competition in basic telecommunications markets. This pact not only changed the future of the communications market globally, but also created dramatic new precedents for global trade and investment policy that will shape agreements in many other high technology and service industries.