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Net Neutrality Redux


Speaker(s): Alexander Maltas, Michele C. Farquhar
Recorded on: Sep. 6, 2017
PLI Program #: 226070

Alexander (Alexi) Maltas helps communications and media clients navigate the evolving legal and regulatory landscape to maximize flexibility and advance business interests.

Alexi has particular experience in the legal and regulatory treatment of cable, media, and broadband Internet services. He also advises clients on the regulation of current and emerging wireless technologies, as well as telephone companies and other common carriers. He regularly represents clients in regulatory and enforcement proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), other federal agencies, federal and state courts, and state public utility commissions. In addition, he has represented clients in significant transactions before the FCC and Department of Justice, including CenturyLink in its acquisition of Qwest Communications, Time Warner Cable in its assignment of spectrum licenses to Verizon, and Leap Wireless in its acquisition by AT&T.

Alexi previously served as Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs at Cablevision in Washington, D.C., where he focused on net neutrality, video programming reform, cybersecurity, privacy, and device regulation. Prior to joining Cablevision, he was a communications and antitrust attorney in private practice. He began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Richard Cardamone, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


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Years of government, industry, and law firm service have shaped Michele Farquhar into an influential advisor, advocate, and thought leader for the technology, media, and telecoms industry.

As leader of the firm's Communications Practice, and co-chair of the global industry sector team, she helps clients with a range of global and U.S. communications policy initiatives, spectrum auctions, licensing and compliance matters, and regulatory strategy involving M&A transactions as well as litigation.

Michele obtains regulatory approvals, waivers, and other licenses for many new and cutting-edge technologies. And she leads teams advising major global companies on regulatory strategy issues involving a range of international jurisdictions. As a legal authority in her industry, she also speaks and writes extensively on a range of communications issues.

Michele joined the firm in 1997, after serving as Chief of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. While at the FCC, she led the agency's new spectrum auction initiative and held primary responsibility over several major auctions and spectrum policy initiatives, as well as the bureau's implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Previously, Michele served as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary and Chief of Staff for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. She played a lead role in developing the administration's positions on telecommunications reform as well as spectrum, international, electronic commerce, and other policy issues.

As Vice President for Law and Regulatory Policy at the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, she gained industry knowledge and regulatory advocacy experience while representing cellular carriers on regulatory, policy, and legal issues before the FCC. Michele also served as senior legal advisor to FCC Commissioner Ervin Duggan and as the mass media advisor to two FCC general counsels.

Memberships

Board Member, Visitors of St. John's College

Former President, Land Mobile Communications Council

Member, Board of Trustees of Duke University, 1997-1999

Member, D.C. Bar Steering Committee on Administrative Law and Agency Practice, 2014-present

President, Duke University Alumni Association, 1997-1998

President, Federal Communications Bar Association, 2005-2006

Education

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1984

B.A., magna cum laude, Duke University, 1979