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Broadband and Cable Industry Law 2019

Author(s): Cristina Chou, Tara M. Corvo, Markham C. Erickson
Practice Area: Communications/Telecommunications Law, Intellectual Property
Published: May 2019
ISBN: 9781402434112
PLI Item #: 250488
CHB Spine #: G1414

Cristina Chou represents media, cable, and telecom companies on a wide variety of regulatory matters before the Federal Communications Commission. A former vice president of regulatory affairs at Time Warner Cable and legal advisor to an FCC commissioner, Cristina is skilled in legal analysis, strategic policy development, and advocacy before the FCC. She has participated in numerous significant proceedings at the agency, on issues including ISP privacy, retransmission consent, navigation devices, online video, media ownership, children’s programming, effective competition, the digital TV transition, program carriage, program access, leased access, closed captioning, and video description.

Cristina also represents technology, telecom, and financial services companies in transactional matters. Her experience includes counseling as well as negotiating and drafting agreements involving software licensing, resale and distribution, cloud services, online advertising, marketing, fiber optic broadband networks, cybersecurity services, and other technology-related issues.

Tara is Chair of the Communications Section and a member of the firm's Policy Committee. In her over 20 years in private practice, she has developed extensive experience in cable and broadband regulation. Her practice includes counseling and representation in connection with federal and state governmental matters, as well as communications-related transactions and litigation. She counsels communications industry clients on matters such as network access, net neutrality, OVD competition issues, and compliance with the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 and the related FCC rules for accessibility of advanced communications services and equipment. She assists clients with transfer of control issues in the purchase and sale of systems, and advises them in retransmission consent and program carriage disputes before the Federal Communications Commission and the courts. Her clients include Cablevision Systems Corporation, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, Discovery Communications, AMC Networks, MSG Networks, and others.

Tara received her B.A. in Government and Modern European Studies from Cornell University (1990). She earned her J.D., with high honors, from Duke University School of Law (1993). She serves as the Washington office’s coordinator for community service activities, as well as the firm's Co-chair for Professional Development.


Speaking Engagements



  • Duke University (JD, with high honors, 1993)
  • Cornell University (BA, Government and Modern European Studies, 1990)


  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts

Markham Erickson is chair of Steptoe’s Internet, Telecom, and Technology practice group, where he counsels clients in some of the most highly visible, complex legal matters in these sectors. He successfully applies novel and creative theories, earning precedent-setting outcomes on cases of first impression. Markham has represented Internet companies since the beginning of the commercial Internet, and has been the lead counsel for Internet firms in the so-called network neutrality debate since its inception. He regularly engages the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) on investigations, complaints, rulemakings, and proposed mergers in the communications sector, and represents technology companies on questions relating to copyright and technology.

Markham is widely recognized as one of the nation’s top Internet and media lawyers. He serves as co-chair to the annual Broadband and Cable Law Seminar at the Practising Law Institute in New York City. He is ranked in The Legal 500, Super Lawyers, and Chambers USA, where he is described as being “as knowledgeable on internet matters as anyone I have ever met” and as a “first-rate lawyer.” In recognition of his authority in the field, Markham was appointed by the White House to represent the United States before the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development on Internet speech and regulatory matters.

In addition to leading the firm’s practice group, Markham is co-chair of the Steptoe’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. He also is a member of the firm’s Professional Advancement Committee and its Hiring Committee.