This program, presented by Perkins Coie's Communications Industry Firmwide Chair, Marc Martin, provides an overview of the law, regulation and politics of Net Neutrality. Marc begins by providing an overview of what Net Neutrality is (and what it isn’t), the current legal status of the rules, and the resulting legal consequences. He addresses the roles of the Federal Communications Commission, the Congress, the White House, the courts, and the Federal Trade Commission.
Finally, Marc explains how Net Neutrality came about and its original intentions, how an ill-fated FCC enforcement order put the FCC’s jurisdictional authority in question, and how the DC Circuit Court provided the FCC with a legal roadmap for the agency’s order that it later affirmed.
Communications and technology law attorney Marc S. Martin provides regulatory compliance advice and transactional guidance to companies, entrepreneurs and investors in the Telecom, Media & Technology (TMT) sector. He structures and negotiates agreements in the areas of technology and content licensing, procurement, mobile applications and distribution platforms. Marc serves as chair of the firm’s Communications industry group.
Marc's regulatory counsel includes advocacy before the Federal Communications Commission, Congress, the executive branch and the courts regarding TMT transactions, spectrum issues and auctions, FCC rulemakings, enforcements, privacy, commercial disputes and related issues.
Guiding clients from the inception of FCC spectrum auctions through the net neutrality era , Marc has advised and counseled market-leading mobile wireless operators, streaming music providers, online gaming software companies, broadcasters, OTT video programming networks, entertainment companies and others in their regulatory compliance and critical mergers, acquisitions, ventures and agreements.
Marc previously served as an attorney in the FCC's Office of Plans and Policy and in the predecessor to the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau as well as the chief legal officer of several companies, including Convera, BET.com, LLC and the telecom subsidiary of Capital One Financial Corporation.
Chambers USA has ranked Marc in its recognition of telecom, broadcast and satellite practitioners. In their evaluations about Marc, commentators described him as a proactive advisor who is "organized and detail-oriented" with a "creative, practical understanding of commercial realities ... a valued part of our team." Marc was selected as a "Top Washington Lawyer" finalist for Tech Transactions by the Washington Business Journal and frequently writes and speaks to organizations interested in TMT issues.
Clear and thorough.
Timely topic with content knowledgeably delivered. Appreciated the 700-page supplement for review and consideration post-program.
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