Retransmission Consent Examined in Heated, Live Webcast Debate Among Broadcast, Cable, Programming, and Consumer Interests

A live webcast last week carried on Internet TV channel Broadband US TV examined all sides of the debate on whether rules governing the grant of retransmission consent by local broadcast stations to cable operators, DBS providers, and other multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs), should be reformed.

Retransmission consent negotiations have become quite contentious in recent years, at times resulting in the temporary blackout of a local broadcast station in the face of an impasse between the MVPD and broadcaster.

The lively and, at times, raucous debate featured Toni Cook Bush of Skadden, Arps and John Hane of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman for broadcasters, Ross Lieberman of the American Cable Association and Cristina Pauze of Time Warner Cable for cable operators, Gigi Sohn of Public Knowledge for consumer interests, and Richard Waysdorf, of Starz Entertainment for independent programmers. The program was moderated by Broadband US TV co-hosts Marty Stern of K&L Gates and Jim Baller of the Baller Herbst Law Group.

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Broadcaster, Cable, Programming, and Consumer interests to debate retransmission consent in live webcast, Thursday, April 7 at 1pm EDT

Broadband US TV will feature a live webcast debate on retransmission consent this Thursday, April 7 at 1pm EDT.

Register for free by clicking here.

Every season, viewers and sports fans seem to get caught in the middle of disputes between broadcasters and cable and DBS providers over the terms of carriage of broadcast stations and affiliated programming. This program will examine the real issues underlying retransmission consent disputes and the economics and politics driving these issues.

This is an especially important question now, because thousands of carriage agreements will be up for renewal this year, as the FCC continues to examine these issues in an ongoing rulemaking proceeding.
 

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Comcast/NBCU Joint Venture Telebriefing (3/29/11)

K&L Gates partner Marty Stern will be moderating a Law Seminars International telebriefing on the Comcast/NBCU joint venture Tuesday, March 29 at 3 p.m. ET.  Further information and registration details for the event are available by clicking here.  Also participating in the telebriefing will be Jordan Goldstein of Comcast Corporation, Parul Desai of the Consumers Union, and Ross Lieberman of the American Cable Association. The panel will cover the implications of the merger, including its likely impacts on industry, the conditions imposed by the Government, competitive concerns raised by the transaction, and the benefits offered by the parties. Click here for our recent blog post discussing our analysis of the FCC order approving the transaction, with conditions.

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Tower Technology Panel to Address Tough Issues on Getting Broadband Wireless Sites Built

The Tower Technology Summit  at CTIA Wireless 2011 will feature a panel on on Wednesday, March 23 in Orlando entitled "Zoning/Permitting: Shifting the Paradigm to Cooperation." The panel will grapple with the tough issues behind 4G and wireless broadband deployment -- the pressure of building out networks using pole attachments in rights of way and macro sites in the face of sophisticated and increasingly successful community resistance, including vocal opposition often based on fear of radio emissions.

K&L Gates partner Marty Stern will be one of the speakers on the panel and will discuss specific approaches from earlier deployment-related battles at the federal level. Marty will be focusing on strategic approaches to advocacy and coalition building, starting with the premise "If you want broadband, you gotta get it built." The panel will get to the heart of the challenge of this necessary paradigm change: moving municipalities, non-wireless industry advocates, citizens, carriers and DAS providers onto the same page.
 

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Broadband in America: The Year in Review; What Lies Ahead

K&L Gates co-hosted a live webcast December 22, carried live on Internet TV channels Broadband US TV and National League of Cities TV.

You can access the free webcast by clicking here (free registration is required).

K&L Gates partner Marty Stern joined co-host Jim Baller, together with guests Cecilia Kang, Communications Industry Journalist, the Washington PostGigi Sohn, President, Public Knowledge,  Jeffrey Silva, Senior Policy Director, TMT, Medley Global Advisors, and  Scott Cleland, President, the Precursor Group, for a lively and provocative review of 2010, particularly of the day-old FCC net neutrality decision, and for some bold predictions for 2011.

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Law Seminars International presents Cloud Computing: Law, Risks and Opportunities

On December 13-14, 2010, Law Seminars International presented a seminar exploring different cloud computing service models and the challenges they pose. They explored what cloud computing is, how it works and the benefits it offers.

Leading practitioners, including Dan Royalty (K&L Gates Seattle), described the contracting and compliance challenges their clients face on a daily basis and shared their strategies for meeting them.  Among other things, the program provided pointers on identifying the legal and compliance issues around cloud computing and addressing them in cloud computing transactions.

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Symposium on Broadband Reclassification and Net Neutrality What's at Stake? What's the End Game?

On Thursday, December 2nd, K&L Gates hosted a program on net neutrality and the potential regulatory reclassification of broadband Internet access presented by the ABA Antitrust Section's Communications & Digitial Technology Industries Committee. The program, moderated by Washington, DC partner Marty Stern, included:

  • Parul Desai, Policy Counsel, Consumers Union
  • Neil Fried, Minority Chief Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommitee on Communications, Technology and the Internet
  • Glenn Manishin, Partner, Duane Morris
  • Lee Selwyn, President, Economics and Technology, Inc.

Audio Archive of event now available (American Bar Association members only) 

Several of the speakers were also authors of articles in the Fall 2010 Broadband Reclassification and Net Neutrality Symposium issue of the Committee's Icarus newsletter.  An article providing an overview of the issue by K&L Gates' partners Marty Stern and Marc Martin, and associate Peter Denton, is available here.  (Posted with permission.)

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The 19th Annual Seattle Conference on Current Developments in Technology Law

December 9-10, 2010 

Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, WA

Online brochure

Presenters: Holly K. Towle
Sponsors: Law Seminars International

As the distinctions between telephone, television and data services disappear, many of the old geographical and functional boxes that used to help us organize our thinking have become irrelevant. Super computing, almost ubiquitous broadband, advanced visualization and large-scale data gathering have created new competitive opportunities on a global scale. They also have unleashed a torrent of fragmented information and the pressing question of what is really valuable.

We now have news aggregation services to manage the torrent, but what are the limits on the aggregator's use of copyrighted material? New social media services have created new marketing opportunities, but also new challenges for managing your online reputation. Distributed computing services are triggering a transition from point-of-sale product licensing to services access subscriptions and long term interactive relationships. New friction points, particularly those involving consumers, are leading to new regulatory requirements for technology companies.

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Live Webcast: Spurring Adoption and Use of Broadband

K&L Gates co-hosted a live webcast October 7, carried live on Internet TV channels Broadband US TV and National League of Cities TV.

You can access the free webcast by clicking here (registration is required).

Stakeholders in America's broadband future disagree on most issues, but not on this: with 35% of Americans not using broadband today and many others not using broadband to maximum advantage, spurring increased adoption and use is critically important to America's success in the emerging knowledge-based global economy.

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn kicked off the program, joining BroadbandUS TV hosts Marty Stern and Jim Baller for a provocative discussion ofthe FCC's goals, activities, and progress in this area.

The program also included a panel on National Policy and Support, featuring Karen Peltz Strauss, FCC Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau; Emy Tseng, National Telecommunications and Information Administration; Dr. Kenneth Peres, Communications Workers of America and US Broadband Coalition; Nicol Turner-Lee, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies; and John Windhausen, Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition. A second panel featured a look at success stories from around the country.

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Live Webcast: Community Broadband - A Blessing or Curse?

K&L Gates co-hosted a live webcast July 29, carried live on Internet TV channels Broadband US TV and National League of Cities TV.

You can access this free webcast by clicking here (registration is required).

The Honorable Rick Boucher, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 9th District of Virginia and Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, joined Broadband US TV to discuss the community broadband issue, including prospects for enactment of the federal Community Broadband Act. The program, hosted by Marty Stern of K&L Gates and Jim Baller, also included a panel of experts who debated the pros and cons of community broadband, examples of successes and failures, and the political, legal, economic, technological, and social issues posed by community broadband.

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Live Webcast: The Net Neutrality/Open Internet Debate: What's Next, What's the End Game?

K&L Gates co-hosted a special live webcast May 27, from 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET, being carried live on Internet TV channels Broadband US TV, TV Mainstream and National League of Cities TV.

You can access this free webcast by clicking here (registration is required).

Austin Schlick, General Counsel of the FCC, joined BroadbandUS TV hosts Marty Stern of K&L Gates and Jim Baller to discuss the FCC's case for reclassification of broadband Internet access as a regulated telecommunications service. Julius Knapp, Chief of the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology, who's heading up the FCC Technical Advisory Panel on the open Internet, also joined us to discuss technical issues surrounding the open Internet debate.

The program included two panels of experts who faced-off in lively, spirited debate on the political and legal considerations surrounding net neutrality, and the economic/technical case for new net neutrality rules.

 

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Webcast: Broadcast v. Broadband: You Decide

K&L Gates co-hosted a special live webcast on Friday, March 10, that was carried live on Internet TV channels Broadband US TV, TV Mainstream and National League of Cities TV.

To access recording, please click here (free registration is required in order to access the recording).

A week before the release of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan, Blair Levin, Executive Director of the FCC's Omnibus Broadband initiative, joined hosts Marty Stern of K&L Gates and Jim Baller to discuss the latest thinking on repurposing broadcast spectrum for wireless broadband as part of the National broadband Plan, and how the idea has evolved since it was raised in late 2009, including the recently proposed “Mobile Future Auction.”

The program also included a live discussion with broadband proponent Michael Calabrese of the New America Foundation, David L. Donovan of the Association for Maximum Service Television for the broadcast industry, and industry analyst Jeffrey S. Silva of Medley Global Advisors, who took questions from the live online audience.

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Live Webcast: Broadband Stimulus National Town Hall Meeting

A Program of National League of Cities TV & Broadband US TV

K&L Gates co-hosted a special Broadband Stimulus National Town Hall webcast on February 12. To see the webcast from this free event (registration is required) click here.

The second round Notices of Funds Availability (NOFA) for broadband stimulus funds have just been released, with over $4 billion of funding available in the final round. Time is of the essence, with applications due no later than March 15.

To help educate applicants, National League of Cities TV in cooperation with a newly-launched Internet TV channel, Broadband US TV, featured a free live webcast of the Broadband Stimulus Town Hall Workshop. The interactive live workshop  examine what's changed from the first round and what applicants need to know in putting together successful broadband grant and loan applications.

Jessica Zufolo, RUS Deputy Administrator, and Angela Simpson, NTIA BTOP Senior Advisor, joined hosts Marty Stern of K&L Gates and Jim Baller to discuss the most important lessons that RUS and NTIA learned from Round One, what the agencies hope to achieve in Round Two, and what steps applicants should take to enhance their chances of success in the final round.

The program also included a panel of representative first round winners and a panel of broadband stimulus experts, who took questions from the live online audience and provided further insights into strategies that won or lost in Round One, and new approaches that can take maximum advantage of the new Round Two rules.

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National League of Cities TV (NLCTV) Broadband Stimulus National Town Hall Meeting

K&L Gates co-hosted a special live Broadband Stimulus National Town Hall webcast on Friday, February 12, that was carried live on Internet TV channels National League of Cities TV and TV Mainstream, and produced in association with TV Worldwide and BroadbandCensus.com.

To access the recording, please click here (free registration is required in order to access the recording).

The second round Notices of Funds Availability (NOFA) for broadband stimulus funds were released, with over $4 billion of funding available in the final round. To help educate applicants, National League of Cities TV in cooperation with a newly-launched Internet TV channel, Broadband US TV, featured a free live webcast of the Broadband Stimulus Town Hall Workshop. The interactive live workshop examined what's changed from the first round and what applicants need to know in putting together successful broadband grant and loan applications.

Jessica Zufolo, RUS Deputy Administrator, and Angela Simpson, NTIA BTOP Senior Advisor, joined hosts Marty Stern of K&L Gates and Jim Baller to discuss the most important lessons that RUS and NTIA learned from Round One, what the agencies hope to achieve in Round Two, and what steps applicants should take to enhance their chances of success in the final round. The program also included a panel of representative first round winners and a panel of broadband stimulus experts, who took questions from the live online audience and provided further insights into strategies that won or lost in Round One, and new approaches that can take maximum advantage of the new Round Two rules.

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