Sharon Black is an international telecommunications engineer and attorney, specializing in Internet and Communications technology, law and policy. She was the first person in the U.S. to earn a Masters degree in Telecommunications (1971 – University of Colorado, Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program, Department of Electrical Engineering.)
She holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in international economics, a Master of Science (MS) degree in Telecommunications, and a Juris Doctorate (JD) degree in law. With experience in these three different disciplines, Ms. Black brings a unique combination of skills to projects in “information and communications technologies” (ICT). She has consulted on numerous telecommunications and ICT issues worldwide, working in both the public and private sectors of the telecommunications field and with all types of technology including voice, data, satellite, cellular, microwave, broadband, cable television, undersea cable, and optic fiber technologies.
She is highly experienced in telecommunications business development; drafting telecommunications legislation, policies and procedures; negotiating and arbitrating telecommunications interconnection agreements; licensing systems, and managing complex technical projects in challenging environments.
Ms. Black has developed compliance rules and implementing regulations for various state and international governments, addressing the opening telecommunications markets to competition, interconnection, universal service, resale, pricing, emergency response, and confidentiality of information.
She has provided strategic leadership to telecommunications projects in Sri Lanka, Jordan, Korea, Russia, China, Africa, India, Egypt, Mexico, Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad/Tabago, Haiti, and the nine Caribbean members of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). Her experience in international projects also includes travel to Martinique, Guadalope, San Andres, Columbia and throughout Central America.
She has assisted various U.S. regional development councils in managing several-million dollar projects to support the development of small and medium businesses throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico with special emphasis on information technology, contracts, and licensing.
Ms. Black has extensive experience teaching telecommunication courses and is well published in this sector. For the past twenty years, she has taught graduate courses in “International Telecommunications Policy” at the University of Colorado, “Telecommunications Law and Regulation at the University of Denver School of Law, and “Data Communications” at the University of Minnesota and Pace University in New York. She authored a book entitled “Telecommunications Law in the Internet Age,” published by Morgan-Kaufmann Press (a technical subsidiary of Harcourt Press available on Amazon.com and Barnes-Nobel) used by numerous law and engineering schools, practicing attorneys and telecommunications professionals around the world. In it, Ms. Black discusses options for telecommunications regulators and providers in the competitive telecommunications environment. In addition, she has authored over thirty articles on telecommunications and legal issues published by various industry magazines worldwide including IEEE Transactions on Communications, Telefilm International, Business Communications Review, Telephony, TV Communications, and the Practicing Law Institute. These publications included surveys of cable television and satellite projects in Europe and developing countries distributed to various governments and agencies seeking licensing and regulatory direction.