21st Century FoxRupert Murdoch’s 21St Century Fox has retained the well-connected Cormac Group to tackle issues such as broadband, spectrum, video and online distribution.

CG positions itself as a champion of “open and fair markets,” which presses for “a barrier-free regulatory structure that enhances competition.”

Pat Williams and John Timmons founded the firm. Williams was VP-federal affairs at ATT in charge of more than 40 lobbying and consulting firms.

Prior to Ma Bell, Williams worked at its then arch-enemy, MCI Communications, responsible for federal procurement and telecommunications policy.

Williams played a key role in the development and passage of the landmark Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Timmons is a former senior managing director at Hill and Knowlton in Washington and VP-government affairs at America West Airlines. 

He also was senior minority counsel at the Senate’s committee on commerce, science and transportation and legislative director for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

Williams represents 21St Century Fox business, which has a five-member lobbying team in the nation’s capital.