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October 03, 2013

Drinker Biddle Lawyers Write the PLI Telecommunications Law Answer Book 2014

A number of Drinker Biddle attorneys authored the 18 chapters of the PLI Telecommunications Law Answer Book 2014 – a comprehensive overview of the issues faced by the many different participants in the telecommunications industry.

Washington, D.C., partner Laura Phillips served as Editor. Partners Eduardo Guzman, Dick Edge, Mark Dever, Douglas Bonner, Andy Kassner, Joanne Lewers, Darren Cahr, Howard Liberman, Seamus Duffy, Michael Daly, Michael Remington and Brian Gunn, of counsel Mark Denbo and Lee Petro, and associates Alisa Lahey, Patrick McFadden, Cynthia Irani, Camillie Landron, Nathan Pollard and Jennifer Oberhausen were all contributing authors. Former partner Jennifer Blum, now Senior Vice President at Laureate Education, Inc., and counsel Susan Roach, now Senior Counsel at Hewlett Packard, also contributed to developing material during their time with the firm.

With the vast increase in the number and kinds of communication devices in the past few decades, the importance and complexity of federal regulation of everything from spectrum licensing to antitrust and content regulation has grown. The Telecommunications Law Answer Book 2014 covers those and other topics in an easy-to-read Q&A format:

  • The duties and obligations that apply to common carriers that provide telecommunications services
  • The policy goals behind the Communications Act of 1934 and Telecommunications Act of 1996, as well as other federal statutes and regulations
  • The FCC regulation of the radio and television spectrum, as well as ownership of broadcast stations and cable systems
  • Why social media regulation is different from other media, and why the legal and practical analysis often differs from traditional advertising and broadcast outlets
  • “Accessibility by design,” or the idea that from the moment of concept to realization, a communications product should be designed with accessibility in mind for those with cognitive or physical disabilities
  • The enforcement process for companies or individuals that are alleged to have violated the rules of the Federal Communications Commission
  • The rules regulating customer relationships, and the ins and outs of political advertising requirements 

For more information on the book, click here. 

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