Transit Wireless, the company that delivers Cellular and Wi-Fi coverage to New York City underground subway stations, has appointed Melissa Newman as its new Vice President of External Affairs effective today, September 12, 2018.
Transit Wireless, the company that delivers free cellular and Wi-Fi service in the New York City underground subway stations, has hired Melissa Newman as the Vice President of External Affairs and Senior Counsel. In this role, Melissa will be responsible for developing and implementing strategic communications and partnerships, as well as provide legal oversight for the company.
Melissa brings to Transit Wireless extensive experience in telecommunications, government affairs, regulatory, legislative, and legal. Her prior experience includes serving as Deputy Division Chief at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), as well as Legal Counsel to the Common Carrier Bureau Chief. Most recently, Melissa served as Of Counsel to Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, one of the country’s top communications and technology law firms. Prior to that, she served as a Vice President of Federal Regulatory Policy and Affairs for CenturyLink. At CenturyLink, she managed all aspects of the corporate federal affairs office and served as head of the federal regulatory group. She was also responsible for serving as the company spokesperson before the FCC on a wide range of domestic telecommunications and international issues.
“With deep and diverse expertise within the telecommunications industry, Melissa is particularly passionate about connecting hard-to-serve areas and unique environments,” said Melinda White, CEO, Transit Wireless. “Melissa will play a critical role in helping Transit Wireless continue to pursue innovative solutions and integrate new technologies to ensure our network exceeds our customers evolving needs. We are thrilled to welcome Melissa to our team.”
About Transit Wireless
Transit Wireless was selected by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to finance, design, build, operate, and maintain a shared wireless infrastructure in all underground stations of the New York City subway system, providing commercial services for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless. As a result of the public private partnership and Transit Wireless’ $350 million investment, the network was built at no cost to taxpayers or subway customers. The company’s wireless network operates on all primary licensed cellular bands, public unlicensed bands, and the 4.9 GHz public safety band, and supports consumer, business, and transit communications services. The Transit Wireless WiFi™ network was recognized as the “Best WiFi Deployment to Connect the Unconnected in an Urban Environment” by Wireless Broadband Alliance, a 2018 Honorable Mention in the MTA’s Genius Transit Challenge and a 2018 IDC Digital Equity and Accessibility Winner. Transit Wireless’ quality management system is ISO 9001: 2015 certified by American Global Standards, LLC.