Richard Bennett is a visiting fellow in the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy, where he studies and specializes in public policies affecting networks, network regulation, and innovation. In particular, he focuses on the challenges and opportunities brought about by the Internet and mobile communication.

Before working in the policy realm, Bennett had a 30-year career in technology, during which he became a coinventor of Wi-Fi and the modern Ethernet architecture. He holds four patents and has led networking standards activities, founded technology companies, and engaged in networking research and development in leading applied research labs and Silicon Valley technology firms. He has also testified before Congress and the Federal Communications Commission.

Bennett has a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Texas, where he also did postgraduate work in computer science, logic, and electrical engineering.


  • Adviser, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, 2011–present
  • Editor, High Tech Forum, 2010–present
  • Expert Witness, 2000–present
  • Consultant, Network Technology and Policy, 1989–present
  • Senior Research Fellow/Independent Consultant, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, 2009–13
  • Principal Engineer, Actiontec Electronics, 2007–09
  • Principal Engineer, Trapeze Networks, 2005–07
  • Independent Consultant, Sharp Labs of America, 2003–05
  • Technical Leader, Airgo Networks, 2001–02
  • Independent Consultant, Cisco Systems, 2000–01
  • Independent Consultant, 3Com Corporation, 1995–2000, 2001
  • Senior Member of the Technical Staff, EIT, 1994–95
  • Independent Consultant, Photonics Corporation, 1991–94
  • Vice President of Engineering, Fremont Communications, 1990–91
  • Director of Technical Marketing, Memorex-Telex, 1986–90
  • Lead Software Engineer, Excelan Inc., 1985–86
  • Lead Software Engineer, Tandem Computers, 1983–85
  • Software Engineer/Project Lead, Texas Instruments, 1977–83



Postgraduate work, computer science, logic, and electrical engineering, University of Texas

B.A., philosophy, University of Texas