Robert Hunt, vice president - regulatory affairs and business operations with Texas-based GVTC, is chair of USTelecom’s board of directors. In this role, he leads the board in setting association policy, establishing goals and objectives for USTelecom staff, and exploring strategic initiatives for USTelecom’s committees.
Hunt is responsible for GVTC’s business operations and billing areas, regulatory department and public policy strategy, and for ensuring GVTC fulfills its state and federal regulatory compliance requirements and reporting responsibilities for telephone, cable television and Internet services. He also advocates on GVTC’s behalf for fair laws and policies that impact the company and industry.
In addition to his GVTC executive duties, Hunt serves in several leadership roles within the industry focusing on public policy advocacy. He is a founding board member of the Texas Lone Star Network, a partnership of several Texas communications companies that provides wholesale telecommunications services throughout the U.S., and a board member and past chairman of the Texas Telephone Association (TTA). In 2011, he was presented with the Neville Haynes Award for exceptional service to the TTA and the Texas telephone industry. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry appointed Hunt in 2009 to the Texas Broadband Taskforce, which developed recommendations on broadband deployment and adoption policies in the state.
In 2014, he was selected as a panelist by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide feedback on proposed Open Internet regulations by the commission. The event, held at Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service, was one of the first FCC hearings on the topic outside of Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining GVTC in 1993, Hunt provided engineering and consulting services to the telecommunications industry.
A native of the Texas Hill Country, Hunt graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, with a degree in electrical engineering.