Coleman D. Bazelon
Principal, The Brattle Group
Dr. Bazelon is an expert in regulation and strategy in the wireless, wireline, and video sectors. He has consulted and testified on behalf of clients in numerous telecommunications matters, ranging from wireless license auctions, spectrum management, and competition policy, to patent infringement, wireless reselling, and broadband deployment.
Dr. Bazelon frequently advises regulatory and legislative bodies, including the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Congress. He also has expertise in the federal government’s use of discount rates for policy and regulatory analysis, intellectual property valuation, and antitrust and damages analysis.
Prior to joining Brattle, Dr. Bazelon was a vice president with Analysis Group, an economic and strategy consulting firm. During that time, he expanded the firm’s telecommunications practice area. He also served as a principal analyst in the Microeconomic and Financial Studies Division of the Congressional Budget Office where he researched reforms of radio spectrum management; estimated the budgetary and private sector impacts of spectrum-related legislative proposals; and advised on auction design and privatization issues for all research at the CBO.
Dr. Bazelon holds a Ph.D and an M.S. degree from the University of California at Berkeley in Agricultural and Resource Economics, a Diploma in Economics from the London School of Economics and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.
Director, Communications Liberty and Innovation Project
Fred Campbell, Director of CEI's Communications Liberty and Innovation Project is the founder of FBC Enterprises LLC, former President and CEO of the Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI), and an adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska College of Law. He previously served as Wireless Bureau Chief at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and as Wireless Legal Advisor to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin.
In those positions he developed and implemented innovative wireless broadband policies for the United States. His accomplishments include the 700 MHz Auction, the largest and most successful spectrum auction in the history of the FCC, which raised a record $19.6 billion in gross bids; the AWS-1 Auction (the second largest auction in FCC history); anonymous bidding; and a revised spectrum aggregation screen.
Prior to holding these leadership positions, Mr. Campbell served as an attorney advisor in the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau. Before joining the FCC, Mr. Campbell was a communications associate at Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis; a litigation associate with Wolfe Snowden; and a judicial clerk for Nebraska Supreme Court Justice William M. Connolly. He earned his B.A. from the State University of New York and his J.D., with high distinction, from the University of Nebraska College of Law.
Counsel, Pillsbury Winthrop
Mr. Hane is Counsel in the firm’s Communications practice group. He concentrates on transactions, spectrum licensing and special projects in electronic media, satellite and wireless communications. He writes and speaks often on broadcast, spectrum and technology issues, and is frequently quoted in communications and technology industry trade press on matters ranging from spectrum allocations to television program carriage. Mr. Hane has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times,The Washington Post, and other leading newspapers.
Mr. Hane has represented many television broadcasters in signal carriage negotiations and related litigation. He was co-lead of the Pillsbury team that secured landmark decisions at the FCC and in Federal Court in Mediacom v. Sinclair.
Mr. Hane has developed a unique portfolio of experience in the law, business and technology of media distribution and satellite communications and has achieved success in a number of complex spectrum allocation and licensing proceedings. As NBC's Washington Counsel in the 1990s he played key roles in NBC's successful efforts to eliminate outdated FCC regulations and enable the transition to digital television broadcasting.
At New World Communications Group, Mr. Hane spearheaded the company’s lobbying of the 1996 Communications Act and later shepherded the sale of the company to News Corporation through regulatory approvals, marking one of the fastest approvals of a major News Corporation acquisition in the 1990s.
Mr. Hane led domestic and international regulatory affairs for Lockheed Martin’s commercial satellite division, representing Lockheed Martin Telecommunications before the FCC, the ITU, and other regulatory agencies worldwide.
As an executive officer of Pegasus Communications, then the third largest DBS service provider in the U.S., Mr. Hane was intimately involved in the growth of satellite television into a full service multichannel video competitor. He negotiated more than a dozen transactions and strategic joint ventures while at Pegasus, and he led the team that launched the first duplex satellite broadband service to be bundled with a DBS service. He was the first to advocate use of Ka-band satellite spectrum for delivery of local broadcast stations to DBS subscribers and was among the first to propose “tweener” assignments in the DBS bands. Mr. Hane won preferred satellite licenses for Pegasus’ Ka-band fixed satellite service (FSS) satellites under two different licensing regimes and was the first to obtain rights to use Canadian satellites to broadcast into the U.S. from facilities in the U.S.
Mr. Hane represents service providers, broadcasters, technology vendors and investors in the telecommunications, media and technology sectors.
An avid technologist, Mr. Hane has been awarded three patents for satellite, wireless and digital video distribution technologies:
Mr. Hane is a regular contributor to CommLawCenter.com, Pillsbury's one-stop resource center covering a wide array of communications law matters.
- Security system and method (U.S. Patent No. 7,589,626)
- System, apparatus and method for single-channel or multi-channel terrestrial communication (U.S. Patent No. 7,308,229)
- Wideband direct-to-home broadcasting satellite communications system and method (U.S. Patent No. 7,587,736)
Mr. Hane holds a J.D. from University of South Carolina Law School and a B.A. in English from the College of Charleston.
Senior Advisor, Broadcast Spectrum; Federal Communications Commission
Ms. Hanson is a member of spectrum task force on the National Broadband Plan team, assessing need for additional spectrum for wireless broadband deployment in the US. She works with stakeholders in television broadcast industry in planning potential multi-billion dollar voluntary auction of television spectrum. Previously, she was vice president of strategic initiatives at Sprint Nextel where she oversaw team of strategy, corporate development, planning and finance professionals responsible for long-term growth strategy for WiMAX mobile broadband network, including diversified revenue streams from digital media, entertainment, and other internet products and services, digital broadcasting and datacasting, advertising, identity management, and other advanced applications. Oversaw business model development and deal negotiation and execution for strategic partnerships that drive product sales, subscriber acquisition, and revenue. Ms. Hanson also served the senior vice president for business development at XM Satellite Radio.
Ms Hanson holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College.
Principal, Keener Law Group
Barlow Keener focuses on helping telecom, cable and Internet companies navigate the heavily regulated communications industry. He negotiates complex agreements related to interconnected networks, provides counsel for wired and wireless communications companies arising under those agreements and under state and federal communications laws, and helps shape and interpret state and federal communications regulatory rules and policies.
He holds a J.D. from the Emory University School of Law and a B.A. in History from The University of the South
Research Professor, University of Southern California
Dr. Marshall's research focus is advanced wireless systems. Current research topics include wireless sensors, cognitive radio and networking, and the spectrum policy implications of emerging technology. He has a particular focus on the problems of network scaling, dense wireless systems, the use of Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) to provide methods to address interference, front-end performance, and scaling in emerging dense wireless architectures, as well as decision and information theory application to distributed wireless networks.
He holds a joint appointment as a Research Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at USC and a Division Director at the USC Information Sciences Institute. Previously, he was a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for seven years, and developed research programs in cognitive radio, dynamic spectrum access, sensor networks, content-based and delay tolerant networks, and probabilistic computing.
Dr. Marshall has authored and co-authored numerous papers, journal articles and book contributions. He recently authored "Quantitative Analysis of Cognitive Radio and Network Performance". He chairs the Executive Steering Committee of the IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks (DYSPAN) conference, and is track chair for the IEEE/AFCEA MILCOM 2011 conference. He is a member of the IEEE Communications Society.
Preston Marshall received his BS in Electrical Engineering and MS in Information Science from Lehigh University. He also obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Trinity College in Ireland.
J. Armand Musey
Founder, Summit Ridge Group, LLC
J. Armand Musey is the president and founder of Summit Ridge Group LLC. Armand specializes in the satellite, media and telecommunications industries. He has a unique blend of 16 years of equity research, investment banking and consulting experience. Armand has completed dozens of financial valuation, strategic analysis, business development, corporate governance and business plan creation assignments in the communications industry and has experience working on numerous financing and M&A transactions. His involvement with a wide breadth of companies has allowed him to develop a deep understanding of a range of media and telecom issues and the complex web of relationships underlying the sector’s competitive dynamics and associated regulatory issues.
Armand Musey started his Wall Street career in investment banking but soon transitioned to equity research covering the satellite communication industry. Armand became the lead analyst covering the industry for Bank of America, and later Solomon Smith Barney where he also covered the wireless tower industry. He earned numerous honors as a research analyst including being named to the Institutional Investor “All American” team three times (2000-2002) and the Wall Street Journal “All Star” team. He was also ranked the top satellite industry analyst by Greenwich Associates.
In 2003, Armand became president of Near Earth LLC, a boutique investment bank specializing in the satellite, media and telecom industries. Armand founded Summit Ridge Group, LLC in 2008 to leverage his combination of research, banking and finance skills. He regularly speaks at major industry conferences and has been frequently quoted in leading trade publications and by national publications as an expert in communications finance and in corporate governance.
Armand holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a JD (cum laude) from its Law School. He also has an MA from Columbia University and and a BA (with honors) from the University of Chicago. He is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association. Armand is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts where he chaired the Corporate Governance Committee from 2007-2009.
Partner, K&L Gates
Mr. Stern provides strategic and policy advice to telecommunications, information technology and media firms in the United States, Asia and elsewhere in the world. Mr. Stern assists telecom and broadband providers on all aspects of network build-out and operations. He has served as lead telecom regulatory and land use counsel in connection with numerous domestic and international undersea and terrestrial fiber-optic cable projects, as well as on permitting issues associated with the siting and deployment of wireless facilities.
Mr. Stern also handles complex regulatory issues in connection with mergers, acquisitions, financings and restructuring activities of telecom, broadband and media companies, including foreign investment in U.S. telecom providers and security-related issues with U.S. Executive Branch Agencies. He also represents clients on policy matters before the administration, Congress, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and handles the full range of FCC spectrum licensing and equipment authorization issues.
Mr. Stern has provided commercial, strategic and regulatory advice in connection with the roll-out of next-generation networks involving both wireless and wireline technologies. On the content side, he has represented both satellite programmers and distributors on regulatory, policy and commercial matters. He was recently named a “Lawdragon 500: New Stars, New Worlds,” for his great depth and experience in the telecommunication area, as well as the complexity of his work.
Mr. Stern holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center (cum laude), and M.B.A. from the University of Rochester, 1980 and a B.A. from University of Rochester, 1979, (cum laude).
Harold Furchtgott-Roth is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and founder and director of the Center for the Economics of the Internet. He also founded Furchtgott-Roth Economic Enterprises, an economic consulting firm, in 2003. He is the author or coauthor of four books and frequently comments on issues related to the communications sector of the economy. From 1997 through 2001, Mr. Furchtgott-Roth served as a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission. Before his appointment to the FCC, he was chief economist for the House Committee on Commerce and a principal staff member on the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Earlier in his career, he was a senior economist with Economists Incorporated and a research analyst with the Center for Naval Analyses. He received a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford and an S.B. in economics from MIT.
Dan Kirkpatrick joined Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth in 2009 after practicing communications law for six years at a large law firm in Washington, D.C. He has represented primarily broadcast clients on a broad range of regulatory and transactional matters.
Mr. Kirkpatrick has counseled television and radio stations on compliance with FCC regulations affecting their day-to-day operations, as well as in the context of sale, purchase, and financing transactions. He has significant expertise in compliance with the FCC’s media ownership rules, children’s programming and other content restrictions, and EEO regulations. He has assisted numerous radio and television stations with routine and non-routine licensing matters and license renewal proceedings, and has guided broadcast clients through the regulatory and transactional aspects of station purchases, sales, and financings. Mr. Kirkpatrick has represented broadcast clients in rulemaking proceedings before the FCC on topics such as ownership regulation and localism initiatives. He has also represented televisions stations in cable and satellite carriage proceedings and retransmission consent negotiations. He has also assisted non-broadcast clients in obtaining equipment authorizations and experimental licenses.
Mr. Kirkpatrick attended law school at the University of Virginia, where he served on the Virginia Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif. He received a BA from the College of William and Mary with a double major in Psychology and Philosophy. He is a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia and District of Columbia bars, the Federal Communications Bar Association, and the ABA.
Vice President and Chief Economist, DIA Kelsey
Mark Fratrik is a vice president of DIA/Kelsey. He serves as the company’s chief economist and is responsible for forecasting across all local media segments. He also manages DIA/Kelsey’s numerous proprietary databases and conducts primary research on various trends as they affect the broadcasting and related communications industries. Additionally, Fratrik is heavily involved in the company’s strategic and financial consulting projects, conducting research and analysis for clients on matters related to the broadcasting, digital media and related communications industries.
Throughout his career, Fratrik has researched and spoken at numerous conferences on the impact of the economy on the broadcasting industries, proposed and enacted regulatory changes, and new media technologies, including DTV datacasting. He is often quoted in the media and is a leading spokesperson concerning trends and forecasts for the media industry including analyzing competitiveness of media and related industries. He is the author DIA/Kelsey’s series of studies on the state of the radio and television industry.
Fratrik received his B.A. in mathematics and economics from State University of New York at Binghamton and his master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. He served as an adjunct professor of economics at Johns Hopkins University for more than seven years.
Partner, Hogan Lovells
Trey Hanbury is a partner in Hogan Lovells' Washington, D.C. office and a member of the Technology, Media and Telecoms practice. He has extensive experience working for the private and public sectors on a variety of communications policy issues, including wireless, spectrum, satellite and international telecom matters. Trey came to Hogan Lovells from Sprint Nextel, where he served as Director of Government Affairs. In this position, Trey acted as regulatory counsel in major rulemaking proceedings, mergers and acquisitions, and cases before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the Department of Commerce, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, Congress, and federal courts. Prior to working for Sprint Nextel, Trey held various policy-making positions at the FCC, including working on numerous satellite and international telecom matters in the International Bureau. He also served as Special Counsel in the Office of General Counsel, where he was responsible for providing policy and legal advice to the Office of Chairman on wireless issues.
Brian M. Madden
Member, Lerman Senter
For over thirty-five years, Mr. Madden has specialized in the representation of radio and television station owners in all aspects of regulatory matters before the FCC and other governmental agencies and in numerous transactions involving the purchase and sale of broadcast properties. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Madden worked in the Broadcast Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission. From 1975-1992, he was an associate and later a partner at the firm of Cohn & Marks in Washington, D.C. Mr. Madden joined Lerman Senter in 1992. Mr. Madden has participated on panels regarding regulatory and business issues at many communications industry conventions. He served as co-chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association's FCC Enforcement Practice Committee from 2004 - 2005. Mr. Madden has also been a member of the FCBA's Committee on Professional Responsibility, the Mass Media Practice Committee, and the Transactional Practice Committee. From 1989-1992, Mr. Madden was the President of the Capitol Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF). In 1993, he was named the International “Volunteer of the Year” of JDRF. Mr. Madden was also the Conference Chairman of JDRF’s 25th Anniversary International Conference, held in Washington, D.C. in 1995. Mr. Madden is currently the Treasurer and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Maryland, and serves on the Executive Committee and as Chair of the Finance Committee.