January 3, 2000

Mr. Donald S. Clark
Room H-159
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20580

RE: Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security - Nomination, P004807

Dear Mr. Clark:

On behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation representing more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, sector and region, I would like to nominate Rick Lane to serve as a member of the Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security.

Rick, our Director of Congressional and Public Affairs, is responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of the U.S. Chamber’s eCommerce and Internet technology, focusing on legislative and policy initiatives for those issues. He also serves as the staff executive for the Chamber’s eCommerce and Internet Technology Policy Committee.

Before coming to the U.S. Chamber, Rick worked with the international law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (WG&M) as the Director of Legislative Affairs. From 1994 to 1999, he advised and represented clients before Congress on a variety of legislative matters, such as legislation affecting the technology and telecommunications industries.

Prior to joining WG&M, Rick was the co-founder and Executive Director of the Modern Education Technology Center, Inc., an educational technology private-public partnership. In this capacity, he helped develop public policy initiatives and strategies to facilitate the incorporation of technology into the classroom

From 1988 to 1993, Mr. Lane worked for U.S. Representative Joseph D. Early (D-MA) as an Associate Staff member to the House Appropriations Committee. While working for Representative Early, his primary responsibilities involved technology, telecommunications, tax, education, and labor and related issues.

Rick has also served in leadership positions on a variety of state and local commissions and committees, including serving as chairman of the Montgomery County Cable & Communications Advisory Committee (CCAC) for two years. During his six year tenure, he was instrumental in the development of the County’s cable and communications policy.

His community involvement is evidenced in several private sector enterprises, such as the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors for CyberSports, Inc., the leading seller of college and university sports recruiting software in the country.

Thank you in advance for your consideration of Mr. Lane for this important Commission.


Lonnie P. Taylor