Axel Rodriguez is the FCC’s new Field Director. He will lead the Enforcement Bureau’s field office staff in combating harmful interference to authorized spectrum use, supporting restoration of communications after disasters, and investigating rule violations and other illegal activities.
The Enforcement Bureau’s Field Director oversees 13 field offices. Commission field staff are responsible for on-the-ground investigations and engaging with those who may have violated the Commission’s rules.
“The work of our field offices is essential to meeting the FCC’s mission to ensure that the nation’s spectrum is put to good use,” said Enforcement Bureau Chief Rosemary Harold. “I thank Axel for his willingness to step up to this new and important role. He brings his broad expertise to our enforcement operations at a time when demand for spectrum has never been greater.”
She cited his earlier work at the Commission, meaning Rodriguez “knows how the latest wireless devices are supposed to work in the real world. Thanks to his military service and intelligence work, Axel has considerable understanding of many private and government uses of the spectrum, including terrestrial wireless, broadcasting, and satellite operations,” added Harold.
Since 2013, Rodriguez has been a supervisor in the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology lab. Prior to joining the Commission, he worked as an electronics engineer for the Defense Information Systems Agency, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, and in the Army Research Laboratory’s Directed Energy branch.
Rodriguez also has two decades of both active duty and reserve experience in the U.S. military including as a cyber warfare officer, communications director, and battalion signal officer. He officially began work as field director late last month.