When Fried was in college, studying journalism at Northwestern University, he was working as a reporter at The Albuquerque Tribune. Mr. Fried went to law school at Washington University in St. Louis. Shortly after getting his J.D., he joined the Federal Communications Commission, where he helped implement the Telecommunications Act of 1996. He left after four years to work at Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand, succeeding an associate at the law firm who left to work. Mr. Fried moved to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee in 2003. Mr. Fried, 42, is primarily responsible for advising members of Congress on internet, television, broadband, and spectrum policy, as well as oversight of the FCC and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.