Mr. Phipps has 15 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. He currently serves as Vice President and Partner of QSI Consulting, Inc. and has been with the firm since 2003. Mr. Phipps provides a multitude of services to QSI's clients, including: litigation and regulatory support, expert testimony, economic analysis and modeling, rate analysis, negotiation and arbitration assistance, witness training, case and discovery management, and regulatory compliance. He has testified as an expert on telecommunications matters on numerous occasions before state regulatory commissions, has co-authored expert reports filed in proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission and Canadian Radio-Television Telecommunications Commission, and has assisted other QSI consultants and client witnesses prepare expert testimony and counsel prepare legal briefs in dozens of regulatory and court proceedings throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
Mr. Phipps has advised a wide variety of telecommunications industry stakeholders. This includes nationwide telecommunications firms, small start-ups, cable providers, and wireless service providers. He has advised numerous state utility commission clients, including the District of Columbia Public Service Commission, the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control, and recently served as an instructor of a witness training course for the Oregon Public Utility Commission Staff. He has also advised numerous other governmental clients, including state attorneys general, consumer advocates, the U.S. General Services Administration and U.S. Department of Defense.
Prior to joining QSI, Mr. Phipps served for six years at the Illinois Commerce Commission. He served as a Policy Advisor to a Commissioner. In this role, he provided expert advice and analysis on policy and procedural matters related to the regulation of public utilities - specializing in telecommunications. He was actively involved in the regulatory decision-making process and worked with Commissioners, members of the Illinois General Assembly, and industry executives on telecommunications regulatory policy. He also testified before the Illinois House Telecommunications Subcommittee on the rewrite of the telecommunications regulation law, and wrote correspondence on behalf of the Illinois Commerce Commission to the U.S. House of Representatives on issued related to deployment of next generation telecommunications networks. Mr. Phipps began his career as a Rate Analyst in the Telecommunications Division of the Illinois Commerce Commission. In that position, he provided expert testimony on telecommunications costs and rates, mergers and acquisitions, alternative regulation, and intercarrier compensation. He also served as a tariff analyst and evaluated the technical, managerial and financial resources of entities seeking certification.
Mr. Phipps holds a M.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois and a B.S. in Economics from Illinois College.