Professor of Telecommunications
Barry D. Umansky is a professor in the Telecommunications Department at Ball State University. He formerly held the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Chair in Telecommunications at Ball State. Umansky is a communications lawyer who has represented broadcasters and other electronic media and has had an extensive communications career in government and industry.
After work at radio and TV stations in the Midwest during college and law school, he served for seven years as an attorney doing communications policy work at the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") in Washington, D.C. Mr. Umansky then became Deputy General Counsel with the National Association of Broadcasters ("NAB") in Washington, D.C. During his twenty years at the NAB Legal and Regulatory Affairs Department, he had responsibilities for radio and television new technology and spectrum allocation issues, environmental and land use issues, station licensing and many other regulatory matters of key interest to broadcast stations and networks.
He edited and co-authored many NAB publications, including several editions of the NAB Legal Guide to Broadcast Law and Regulation, the NAB Broadcaster's Guide to FCC RF Radiation Regulation Compliance and the NAB Contests, Lotteries and Casino Gambling Guidebook. At NAB he produced the legal and regulatory sessions at major NAB conventions and meetings, as well as traveled the country extensively while offering legal seminars for broadcast groups, state broadcasters associations and individual broadcast stations.
While at NAB, Mr. Umansky also served as a member of the boards of the former Washington-based Electromagnetic Energy Association (“EEA”) and the National Antenna Consortium. For several years he also served as president of the EEA.
He has been an active member of the Federal Communications Bar Association (“FCBA”), including service as co-chair of its Mass Media Practice Committee. Umansky also served on the FCBA Foundation board for several years. He is a Past-President of the Kansas Association of Broadcasters Foundation, where he still serves as a board member. He also is a former board member and Past-President of the Broadcast Education Association, based in Washington, DC.
In April 2012, he was appointed by the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to serve on the FCC's Consumer Advisory Committee (“CAC”). In March 2013, he was reappointed to that federal advisory committee and was named co-chair of the CAC’s “Internet Protocol Transition Working Group.” In May 2015, he again was reappointed to the FCC’s CAC and was named co-chair of the CAC “Media Working Group.” In August 2017, he received his latest appointment, by the FCC Chairperson, to CAC membership.
In addition to undergraduate and graduate teaching responsibilities at Ball State, Mr. Umansky is faculty advisor to two Ball State student organizations: "Station WCRD" (for which he obtained its FCC license and has maintained federal compliance through station oversight and the filing of several applications and reports at the FCC) and the "Pre-Law Interest Group.” The Pre-Law Interest Group provides guidance to undergraduate and graduate students considering law school.
Additionally, he is a senior fellow and the senior policy advisor with the Digital Policy Institute (DPI), a communications research and analysis “think tank” located at Ball State. DPI regularly produces white papers and op-ed pieces on communications policy matters. Umansky produces and moderates, about five times each year, DPI’s national video webinars.