FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today announced last week that Julius Knapp will retire as chief of the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology as of Jan. 3, 2020, after 45 years at the Commission and more than 13 years as Chief of OET.
“Julie Knapp is an FCC institution, and I will miss him for his expertise, his leadership, and his friendship. He’s delivered incalculable value for American consumers over the years,” Pai said. “He’s played a key role in all of the Commission’s spectrum efforts over many years, from freeing up spectrum for 4G LTE and 5G to making more spectrum available for unlicensed operations like Wi-Fi to encouraging technologies of the future, like wireless medical services.”
Accolades for Knapp’s tenure were shared at the FCC and from across the industry:
“It is with bittersweet feelings that I offer my sincerest congratulations and tip my hat to Julie Knapp on his upcoming retirement. For the institution, the FCC faces a monumental loss. Julie’s work has been immeasurable during my time here. When it comes to the list of dedicated public servants who have spent their careers serving the American people and have risen to become unquestioned leaders in their field, he undoubtedly is atop the list. He is the consummate professional, taking every technical problem imaginable and finding an acceptable outcome – or telling it straight when the math doesn’t work. He has been a steady hand, helping to lead our nation’s communications policy across many Administrations and with so varied a set of Commissioners. Hopefully, I have learned a thing or two from his warm personality and leadership style. At the same time, Julie has long ago earned to right to declare when his FCC journey is to conclude. I cannot thank him enough for his many years of public service, and may God bless him, his wife, and his family in the next chapter of life.” — FCC Commissioner Michael O’Reilly
“Julie is truly one of the FCC’s heroes, and has been a role model for me and countless other FCC employees. He is the gold standard for civil servants, providing multiple administrations with the benefit of his tremendous intellect, knowledge and experience. My staff and I wish him and his family all the best.” — FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks
“Julie represents the best of what we all respect about the FCC staff in his professionalism, dedication, and openness. He has lent a strong hand of service to the telecommunications industry. I am honored to have worked with him for many years at the Commission and will miss his diligent work, always-friendly demeanor, and deep technical knowledge.” — WIA President and CEO Jonathan Adelstein
“From my days working with Julie on spectrum issues, I know what a dedicated public servant he is. He was a trusted advisor to me and so many commissioners over the years. I join everyone at the FCC on thanking him for his service and wishing him a wonderful, and well-earned retirement.” — CTIA President & CEO, Meredith Attwell Baker