Dow Lohnes has the nation’s leading practice representing public (noncommercial) radio and television stations, including those that are owned by educational institutions and those that are community licensees. Our work for public broadcasters includes representation before the Federal Communications Commission and assistance in the creation, licensing and distribution of programming and in securing grants and other forms of government support.
Of particular note is our specialized work involving the negotiation of agreements for the use of excess capacity on instructional telecommunications systems licensed to educational organizations. Over the years our attorneys have assisted institutions in negotiating agreements that have brought them tens of millions of dollars, very often far in excess of the initial offers made by the commercial entities seeking to use the excess channel capacity.
In addition, Dow Lohnes advises its public broadcasting clients on technical issues including conversion to digital television, copyright, trademark, privacy, first amendment and tort liability issues.
Our attorneys enjoy wide-ranging experience in the business, policy and regulatory issues associated with the authorization of existing communications technologies, as well as the development and authorization of new communications technologies. This experience allows us to assist institutions in evaluating and responding to the interactions between such technologies and regulatory policies, as well as in assessing regulatory issues affecting potential investments. In addition, the firm is able to guide institutions in complying with the FCC's equipment authorization rules and related regulatory requirements.
Our telecommunications practice offers educational institutions and other non-profit organizations expert counsel respecting wireless communications, local and long distance wireline telecommunications, and broadband services, as well as assistance in entering into, negotiating and enforcing agreements for those services.