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Broadband and Cable Industry Law 2018

Speaker(s): Angie Kronenberg, Brian Markwalter, Christopher J. Harvie, Danielle Piñeres, Douglas Kinkoph, Hank Hultquist, Harold J. Feld, James Bradford Ramsay, James M. Assey, John Burchett, Mary Lovejoy, Matthew Berry, Matthew T. Murchison, Michael Pryor, Michael D. Hurwitz, Michael D. Nilsson, Michael Grover, Russell H. Fox, Sarah Morris, Sheba Chacko, Stephanie A. Roy, Tom C. Power, William Dever
Recorded on: Apr. 10, 2018
PLI Program #: 221480

Angie Kronenberg joined INCOMPAS in 2013 as its chief advocate and general counsel. Angie manages the INCOMPAS policy team and its work before the federal government. Angie was named a Rising Star in Wireline by FierceTelecom in 2014. In 2015, FierceTelecom named her one of the Top Women in Wireline for her advocacy work on behalf of INCOMPAS members. Angie is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and sits on its Executive Committee. Before joining INCOMPAS, Angie was legal advisor to FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn where she was primarily responsible for the Commissioner’s wireline and broadband agenda, including the Commissioner’s work as chair of three federal-state joint boards. Prior to that, Angie was a special counsel in the Spectrum and Competition Policy Division of the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. She also practiced telecommunications and media law in the Washington, D.C. office of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP for more than a decade. Angie earned a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America, where she also earned a certification from The Institute for Communications Law Studies, and she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Baylor University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.


Brian Markwalter is senior vice president of research and standards for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™,  the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $321 billion U.S. consumer technology industry. CTA also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology. Markwalter is responsible for CTA’s extensive consumer research, market data and forecasting capability, and CTA’s ANSI-accredited standards development program which develops technical standards used in millions of products every year.

Danielle J. Piñeres is a Vice President & Associate General Counsel at NCTA – The Internet & Television Association, where she focuses on wireless spectrum policy issues.  Prior to her employment at NCTA, Ms. Piñeres worked as an associate with the law firm of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP in Washington, D.C., where she practiced in the areas of telecommunications (including spectrum regulation), international trade and foreign investment, and appellate litigation.  Before joining HWG, Ms. Piñeres clerked for the Honorable Emily C. Hewitt at the United States Court of Federal Claims.  Ms. Piñeres received her J.D. magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Doug Kinkoph is Associate Administrator of the Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications. Kinkoph joined the Department of Commerce in 2010 and has served in a number of roles, working on issues including spectrum management, broadband, and public safety communications.

While serving as head of the Office of Telecommunications and Applications, Kinkoph created the agency’s BroadbandUSA program, which works to promote broadband deployment and adoption across communities nationwide. He also oversaw a $4 billion broadband grant program that funded the deployment of broadband infrastructure, public computer centers, sustainable adoption of broadband service, and statewide broadband planning.

Before joining the Department of Commerce, Kinkoph held multiple executive roles in the communications industry as well as in the public and private sectors as a telecommunications policy expert. He served as Vice President of Operations at Soundpath Conferencing where he was responsible for all sales, marketing, and customer service operations. His private sector experience also includes serving in senior regulatory and policy roles at XO Communications, Nextlink, and LCI.

Kinkoph earned his M.A. in Administration from Central Michigan University and his B.S. in Telecommunication Management from Ohio University.



Harold J. Feld is the Senior Vice President for Public Knowledge, one of the nation’s premier consumer advocacy organizations working at the intersection of copyright, telecommunications and the Internet.  Feld is highly regarded as a thought leader in the areas of spectrum reform, broadband policy and digital consumer protection.  He was previously Senior Vice President at the Media Access Project (MAP), a public interest law firm, where he advanced competition policies in media, telecommunications and technology.  Prior to joining MAP, Feld was an associate at Covington & Burling, and clerked for the DC Court of Appeals.

Feld is a frequent author on technology, broadband access and wireless policies, and his scholarly, legal and opinion pieces have been published in the Los Angeles Times, The Hill, Legal Times, and The San Jose Mercury News.  He also regularly appears as a contributor, through his popular blog Tales of the Sausage Factory (available at  In 2007, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin praised Feld and his blog for “[doing] a lot of great work helping people understand how FCC decisions affect people and communities on the ground.”  He has appeared on Bloomberg, CNBC, and C-Span’s The Communicators, and has regularly testified on a variety of policy issues before the US House and Senate Commerce and Judiciary Committees.

Matthew Murchison is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins, where his practice focuses on communications and appellate matters.

Mr. Murchison advises clients on a range of regulatory, litigation and transactional matters in the communications sector. He has appeared before the Federal Communications Commission numerous times to represent clients on a variety of significant issues, including net neutrality, major transaction reviews, retransmission consent and spectrum policy. In addition, he has drafted key advocacy filings on these and other regulatory issues for clients in the broadband, video, wireless and satellite industries, and regularly counsels these clients on regulatory matters that affect their businesses.

Mr. Murchison also has drafted briefs in cases before the US Supreme Court, US Courts of Appeal and US District Courts concerning the First Amendment, communications law, administrative law, intellectual property and privacy.

Mr. Murchison has provided pro bono representation on matters involving religious freedom and international humanitarian financing, and has served on the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. He also currently serves as a member of the Law Firm Advisory Committee of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, and as a member of the LEAP Committee for the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty.

While at Stanford, Mr. Murchison served as a Lead Article Editor and Submissions Committee member for the Stanford Journal of International Law, and as Co-President of the Stanford Law and Policy Society. He also was a teaching assistant for a graduate-level course on the law and policy of the European Union.

Thought Leadership

  • The Year in Wireline Telecommunications Regulation: October 2013-October 2014, Practising Law Institute, Dec. 2014 (co-authored with Matthew A. Brill et al.)
  • How the FCC Can Protect Consumers in the Battle Over Retransmission Consent, Bloomberg BNA, Sep. 3, 2013 (co- authored with Matthew A. Brill)
  • A Missed Opportunity: The FCC's Long-Awaited USF Reform Falls, RCA Voice, Mar. 2012 (co- authored with Matthew A. Brill)
  • Extradition's Paradox: Duty, Discretion, and Rights in the Word of Non-Inquiry, 43 Stan. J. Int'l L. 295 (2007)

Michael Grover has worked in the cable industry for over 20 years, starting when he was an Assistant Corporation Counsel at the City of Detroit advising the City’s Cable Commission.  He joined Continental Cablevision in 1996, moving to MediaOne, which became AT&T Broadband, before joining Cox Communications in 2001.  At Cox, Michael leads the company’s state and local advocacy efforts and his team is responsible for franchising, rights-of-way, and pole attachment issues.  He’s a graduate of the University of Michigan and University Detroit School of Law.

Michael Hurwitz is a partner in the Communications & Media Department at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in Washington, DC.

Michael’s focus includes FCC regulatory policy for communications and media companies, regulatory review of mergers and acquisitions, and Internet- and programming-related litigation, arbitrations, and appeals of agency orders.

Michael has participated in FCC rulemakings relating to net neutrality, online video, program carriage, program access, video competition, broadband network infrastructure, and media ownership.  Michael also advises communications and media companies on regulatory compliance issues.

Michael has represented companies in the following matters:

  • FCC review of the acquisition by Comcast of a majority stake in NBCUniversal
  • Word Network program carriage complaint against Comcast
  • Liberman Broadcasting program carriage complaint against Comcast
  • Project Concord online programming arbitration against NBCUniversal
  • Tennis Channel program carriage complaint against Comcast
  • WaveDivision Holdings program access complaint against CSN-California and CSN-Bay Area
  • DirecTV program access arbitration against CSN-New England
  • Mid-Atlantic Sports Network program carriage complaint against Comcast
  • NFL Network program carriage complaint against Comcast
Herring Broadcasting program carriage complaint against Comcast

Michael Nilsson has solved problems for clients in the media industry and elsewhere for more than twenty years.  He represents these clients before the FCC, Congress, DOJ, the U.S. Copyright Office, and foreign regulators—as well as in commercial negotiations.  

Mr. Nilsson has been recognized by Chambers USA for his work in the in telecom, broadcast & satellite fields.  A client described him as “simply one of the smartest lawyers that I know” and that “he’s the one I would most trust to represent me when the stakes are high.”  Mr. Nilsson has also been recognized by Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers for his work in communications and copyright law.

Representative Clients and Matters.

  • Media industry coalition. Acts as lead counsel for a coalition including some of the largest pay-TV providers seeking relief from “retransmission consent” fees demanded by television stations.
  • Media industry trade association. Represents trade association of small- and medium-sized cable operators in a wide range of media proceedings at the FCC and before Congress, including a successful opposition to the largest proposed broadcast merger in history.
  • Large television distributor. Helped the largest U.S. satellite television provider navigate dozens of FCC rulemakings, successfully obtain regulatory authorization for numerous mergers and acquisitions, lobby for reauthorization of key legislation governing the company’s operations, and prosecute anti-piracy matters in Latin America.
  • Public media organization. Assists a public media entity in acquiring and licensing hundreds of programs, both domestically and internationally.
  • International cable operator. Represents a client in the purchase of, management of, and ultimate sale of a cable operator with systems in multiple Caribbean jurisdictions.
  • Communications companies. Represents non-media communications companies in the full range of FCC matters.
  • Nonprofits and startups. Negotiates commercial deals and provides a broad range of counseling and compliance advice, including “general counsel-like” services.

Mr. Nilsson was the principal telecommunications and technology legal adviser to Senator John D. Rockefeller IV.  

Mr. Nilsson served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Sitar Arts Center, a nonprofit arts education center, where he also teaches saxophone. He also has served on the Board of Directors of Brown Broadcasting Service.

Michael Pryor represents cable, telecommunications and wireless companies in federal and state regulatory proceedings, litigation and transactions. He has particular expertise in advancing clients’ positions in complex rulemakings and regulatory adjudications. He has worked extensively in merger and acquisitions of telecommunications assets, including regulatory due diligence, and the successful prosecution of transfer of control applications at the federal and state level.

His substantive background ranges from the arcane regulation of intercarrier compensation to the legal underpinnings of agency decision-making. He has also developed an emphasis in privacy regulation and cybersecurity best practices related to the communications sector.

His deep understanding of the regulatory process was developed in part while serving as the deputy chief of the policy division in the Federal Communication Commission's Wireline Competition Bureau from 1996 to 1999. While there, he drafted rules implementing local competition provisions of the 1996 Telecommunications Act and spearheaded reviews of major proceedings, such as Worldcom's merger with MCI.

Prior to joining the firm he served as special counsel for Cooley’s regulatory communications practice.

He graduated magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center and clerked for U.S. Federal District Court Judge Harold Greene.

Stephanie Roy is a partner at Steptoe & Johnson. Stephanie draws on her technical background in the aerospace and satellite industries to help her clients navigate government regulation in technology, telecommunications, and security in the United States and abroad. This includes counseling new media companies on issues in telecommunications law, including broadband matters and regulation of Internet platforms and services.

In her domestic practice, she represents satellite, telecommunications, and media companies before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the Department of Justice, and state public utility commissions. Stephanie’s work with the FCC has helped clients achieve key wins, including the FCC allocation (and assignment to her client) of 20 MHz of spectrum for mobile wireless communications. Stephanie also works with local counsel in jurisdictions around the world to help her clients explore innovative technology and service offerings designed to expand global connectivity.   

Stephanie has been involved in some of the industry’s milestone cases. She represented the Intervenors in support of the FCC in the DC Circuit’s landmark net neutrality case, and has been at the forefront in challenging significant proposed mergers in the media and communications industries before the FCC, successfully arguing against the proposed mergers of AT&T with T-Mobile and Comcast with Time Warner Cable.

Clients value Stephanie’s understanding of the industry and their business, her ability to see and act on the big picture, her effective communication with both technical and legal personnel, and the fact that she is well respected by agency staff.


  • Legal 500 US, Media, Technology & Telecoms: Telecoms & Broadcast – Regulatory, 2014, 2017; Media, Technology & Telecoms: Telecoms & Broadcast – Transactional, 2014, 2017
  • Washington, DC Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," Intellectual Property, 2017
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • International Bar Association

Tom Power is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of CTIA, the nonprofit membership organization that has represented the wireless communications industry since 1984. Tom joined CTIA in January 2015; he oversees regulatory matters and manages the legal affairs of the association.

Prior to joining CTIA, Tom served as U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from August 2011 – December 2014.  As the senior official exclusively dedicated to telecom issues, Tom helped lead the development and implementation of Administration policy on a wide range of broadband, spectrum and technology initiatives. 

Between 2009 and 2011, Tom served as the Chief of Staff of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce where he managed an array of agency activities, including spectrum and Internet policy development as well as Recovery Act broadband grant programs.  Between 2000 and 2009, he was the General Counsel of Fiberlink Communications, a provider of enterprise mobility management and security solutions.  Earlier Tom served in supervisory roles at the FCC before being named Senior Legal Adviser to FCC Chairman William Kennard.  Before joining the FCC, he was a telecommunications and litigation partner at the law firm of Winston & Strawn.  

Tom is currently the chair of the FCC’s WRC-19 Advisory Committee.  He has served previously as trustee of an investment company and on the board of the Federal Communications Bar Association. 

Tom received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia.


William A. Dever is Special Counsel in the FCC’s Office of General Counsel (OGC), Administrative Law Division.  Mr. Dever is a member of the Commission’s Transaction Team in OGC.  Mr. Dever served previously as Chief of the Competition Policy Division in the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau.  Mr. Dever has been responsible for various proceedings affecting telecommunications providers, including mergers and development of licensing, privacy, numbering policy, disabilities access, competition, and regulatory forbearance rules.  Prior to that, Mr. Dever was a supervisory attorney in the FCC’s Mass Media Bureau, where he applied the Commission’s media ownership rules in merger cases affecting broadcasters.  Mr. Dever was also an intern and policy analyst at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce.  Mr. Dever graduated from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law in 1994 (J.D.), where he earned a certificate from the school’s Institute for Communications Law Studies.  Mr. Dever graduated from Temple University’s School of Communications and Theater in 1984 (B.A.).

As director for New America’s Open Technology Institute, Sarah Morris leads OTI's strategic planning, fundraising, and management. Prior to her role as Director, she led the program's efforts on a broad portfolio of issues including broadband access and adoption, online consumer protections, and preserving the open internet. Her work on these issues has been widely quoted in a number of national publications, and she has appeared as an expert on radio and television outlets. She is a regular contributor for The Hill, and frequently writes for a variety of other national outlets.

Prior to joining New America, Morris was a fellow with the public interest law firm Media Access Project, where she assisted with research and drafting of FCC comments on a wide range of key communications issues. She earned a B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a J.D. and LL.M. in space, cyber, and telecommunications law from Nebraska Law, completing her thesis on privacy and security concerns related to the electric smart grid. She currently serves on the Alumni Council for the LL.M. program.

As Vice President of Federal Regulatory, Hank Hultquist represents AT&T at the Federal Communications Commission on a number of issues, including spectrum and wireless policy, Internet and broadband policy, interconnection, and intercarrier compensation. Hank joined AT&T in 2004.

Prior to joining AT&T, Hank was with MCI for eight years. He serves on the Board of Directors for the National Exchange Carrier Association. Hank is a graduate of the George Mason University School of Law and the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and two children.

Association and its members before federal agencies, particularly the FCC.  Mary specializes on regulatory matters pertaining to video and broadband services, with a particular focus on retransmission consent, set top box regulation, accessibility, net neutrality, and cybersecurity.  The primary purpose of the Association is to help independent cable businesses stay competitive through a legislative and regulatory framework that (1) recognizes the unique economic circumstances of smaller and medium-sized independent cable operators; (2) provides for regulatory and financial parity with potential competitors; and, (3) encourages access to financial markets for capital needs.

Mary joined the American Cable Association on July 1, 2015. Prior to joining the

Association, Mary worked in private practice at the law firm of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo P.C., representing cable operators and programmers on variety of issues, and specializing in litigation, policy, and compliance matters.

Mary received a B.A. in Government from Cornell University, and is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School.

Chris is a partner in Mintz Levin’s DC office, working in the Communications Law section.  His areas of specialty include privacy, cybersecurity, surveillance law, broadband policy, franchising and access to local rights-of-way, and policy and legislative issues affecting the Internet of Things. Prior to entering private practice, he worked for five years as a committee counsel to the chair of the US Senate Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust, Monopolies, and Business Rights subcommittee, where he focused on media and telecommunications, intellectual property, and First Amendment issues.  Chris also served as a law clerk on the First Circuit Court of Appeals for Judge Hugh Bownes.  He is a graduate of Brown University and the UCLA School of Law.  He and his wife Claudia live in Arlington, VA where they attempt to oversee 4 boys, 4 dogs, and a cat. 

James Assey currently holds the position of Executive Vice President of NCTA – The Internet & Television Association.  Prior to his position at NCTA, Mr. Assey was a long-time telecommunications counsel and staff member on the U.S Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation working for both U.S Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI), and U.S Senator Ernest F. Hollings (D-SC).    Mr. Assey has also worked previously in the Washington, D.C office of Willkie, Farr and Gallagher and clerked for the Honorable Cameron M. Currie in the U.S District Court for the District of South Carolina.

Mr. Assey is a graduate of Stanford University and earned his JD from Georgetown University Law School.

With over 35 years in the wireless telecommunications industry, Russell is among the most experienced wireless communications attorneys in the country. Unique among his peers, Russell assists clients on federal legislative, regulatory, and transactional matters. He is frequently consulted on matters involving US spectrum use and policy.

Whether they are in the middle of a transaction with difficult regulatory issues, working with Congress on legislative drafting, or securing critical operational authority, clients value Russell’s accessibility and ability to find creative solutions. He works with major telecommunications providers, trade associations, equipment manufacturers, public safety organizations, and entrepreneurs proposing new products or services.

Before joining the firm, Russell was a partner and head of the telecommunications department in the Washington office of a major Chicago-based law firm, where he represented users and providers of telecommunications services and equipment. Previously, he was the executive director and president of the American SMR Network Association, Inc., where he established offices of a national trade association representing a segment of the wireless telecommunications industry.

Russell graduated from Duke University School of Law and was awarded a B.A. with honors from the University of Rochester.

Brad Ramsay is responsible for all association-related legal issues and for managing the Policy Department in all policy, regulatory, and legislative matters where NARUC is active. He directly supports the NARUC Executive Committee and the NARUC Board of Directors. He also directly supports the Telecommunications Committee, the Consumer Affairs Committee, the Water Committee, the Committee on Critical Infrastructure, and sometimes the Electric, Gas, and ERE committees. He is a member of the Senior Management Team and has worked for NARUC since 1990.

Sheba Chacko is Chief Regulatory Counsel for BT Global Services, the international arm of British Telecommunications plc.  She leads a team that covers the Americas region for BT and is based in Reston, VA and Washington, DC. She advises all BT business units on telecoms, antitrust and national security-related regulatory issues in the Americas, advocates on behalf of BT before regulators in the Americas, and is tasked with telecoms regulatory compliance for the region.   Prior to joining BT, Sheba practiced communications law with U.S. law firms, advising and assisting fixed telephony, wireless, Internet and satellite clients. Sheba has a Juris Doctor degree from Duke Law School, a Master of Laws degree in International Law from Georgetown University Law Center, and served as a board member of Duke Law School’s Alumni Board. She is an IAPP- certified privacy professional.  She has lived in Malaysia, India and the UK, but has called the US her home since the early eighties.

John Burchett is the Head of Public Policy for Google Access and Google Fiber.  Before moving to  Access/Fiber, Mr. Burchett led the public policy for Google in the US States, Latin America and Canada since.   He is based in Google’s Washington, DC office.  Prior to joining Google, he was Chief of Staff to Governor Jennifer Granholm where he acted as the Chief Operating Officer for the State of Michigan.  He has also served Governor Granholm as Director of Michigan’s Washington, DC Office, and as the Deputy Director of her Transition Team in 2002.

Mr. Burchett, a Michigan native, has lived in Washington for most of the last 19 years.  He was a White House Fellow in 1997 – 98, a Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, an Assistant Management Officer for the DC Control Board, and a management consultant, specializing in state and local government, business planning and business process reengineering.  

Before moving to Washington in 1997, Mr. Burchett was an Assistant Wayne County Corporation Counsel.  At Wayne County he focused on real estate and economic development projects for the County.  He was heavily involved in the negotiations and development of the two new stadiums in downtown Detroit.  Before joining Wayne County in 1994, Mr. Burchett was a real estate lawyer for Little Caesars Enterprises, and for Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn.  He also was a law clerk to the Hon. Cornelia Kennedy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Burchett received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his B.A. from the University of  Notre Dame.