Francis M. Buono serves as Senior Vice President of Legal Regulatory Affairs and Senior Deputy General Counsel for Comcast Corporation. As head of the Legal Regulatory Group, Frank is responsible for providing corporate-wide legal advice on regulatory matters and overseeing the company’s legal regulatory advocacy, including filings in federal and state regulatory proceedings and related litigation and appeals. He also oversees compliance with the regulatory requirements related to the NBCUniversal transaction and other significant matters.
Prior to joining Comcast, Frank was a Partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, where he served as Chair of the Communications, Media & Privacy Department and Chair of the Data Privacy & Security Practice Group. During his 25 years with the firm, he represented cable operators, Internet service providers, video programmers, and equipment manufacturers in major FCC rulemakings, merger transactions, and congressional legislation (including the Telecommunications Act of 1996), as well as in administrative adjudications regarding the FCC’s program access, program carriage, rate regulation, navigation device, effective competition, cable ownership, and must-carry rules. He also represented financial institutions, information service providers, retailers, communications providers, insurance companies, cloud computing vendors, and others on various U.S. and international data privacy and data security issues.
Frank is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) and its Privacy & Data Security Committee, and served as the Co-Chair of the FCBA’s Cable Practice Committee from 2003-2004 and 2005-2006. He has authored numerous articles on data privacy, communications, intellectual property, and e-commerce law. He graduated from both Georgetown University and Georgetown University Law Center with honors. Frank lives in Arlington, VA with his wife Miriam of 25 years and his six children. He is a passionate coach of youth baseball and basketball.