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Ari Z. Moskowitz

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Ari advises companies in the telecommunications and technology industries on regulatory and compliance matters before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Copyright Office, and state regulatory commissions. His clients include cable operators, broadcasters, and media companies.

As a Certified Information Privacy Professional, Ari also provides guidance on complying with various federal and state privacy laws, including the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, cross-border data protection regulation, and data breach notification laws.

Before joining Mintz, Ari practiced in the Washington, DC office of another large international law firm. Earlier in his career he worked at a boutique communications and privacy law firm, where he advised start-up and established technology companies on privacy laws and counseled wireless technology companies on FCC matters.

During law school, Ari was a law clerk for Commissioner Robert M. McDowell. He also interned in the Wireline Competition Bureau of the FCC, where he assisted in the development of the National Broadband Plan and analyzed the FCC’s authority to implement Open Internet rules. In addition, as an intern at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Ari supported the Department of Commerce in drafting its “Green Paper,” “Privacy Policy and Innovation in the Internet Economy,” which formed the basis for the agency’s multistakeholder proceedings to develop industry self-regulatory privacy codes. As a law student, Ari was a member of the editorial staff of the AIPLA Quarterly Journal, a publication of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Education

  • George Washington University (JD)
  • Harvard University (BA)

Experience

Cable & Telecom Transactions

  • Represented TPG Global in its $2.365 billion acquisition of Wave Broadband in 2018 to create the sixth largest cable operator in the country, changing the nature of the company from a small, relatively unknown competitor to one of the most powerful cable operators in the country.
  • Represented TPG Global in its acquisition from Oak Hill Capital Partners and GI Partners of two cable operators, RCN Telecom Services, LLC and Grande Communications Networks, LLC. The firm acted as regulatory counsel for TPG, advising on the pre-purchase due diligence, preparing and filing applications for regulatory approval of the transaction by the FCC and state and local governments, and shepherding those applications through the approval process until completion and closing.
  • Represented Charter in its $67.1 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks (in certain states).
  • Represented Cable One in its $735 million acquisition of New Wave.

FCC Regulation

  • Serve as FCC regulatory counsel on cable-related matters to Mediacom Communications Corporation, one of the ten largest cable operators in the country. In this role, we have obtained waivers for Mediacom of various FCC rules and have played in an instrumental role in Mediacom’s industry-leading efforts to seek modification of the rules governing “retransmission consent” negotiations between cable operators and broadcast television stations.
  • Defended Cablevision (now Altice USA) against a program carriage complaint filed by the Game Show Network (GSN) with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) alleging program carriage discrimination in violation of the FCC’s rules because Cablevision had repositioned GSN to a less widely distributed premium sports tier. We defended Cablevision at the FCC in Media Bureau proceedings, in proceedings before an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”), and after an adverse ALJ decision, in an appeal to the full FCC. As a result, the Commission overturned the ALJ decision, agreeing that Cablevision’s action was motivated by legitimate business needs, not discriminatory motives.

Cable Copyright

  • Represented several of the cable operators chosen for “audits” of their compulsory license “Statements of Account.” We assisted them with the preparation of responses to information demands from the auditors, and reviewed and prepared comments on and rebuttals to the draft and final audit reports. Subsequent to the completion of the audits, we have continued to provide advice and counsel regarding post-audit obligations.

Recognition & Awards

  • Recommended by The Legal 500 United States for Telecom & Broadcast: Regulatory (2018)

Involvement

  • Member, Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals

Viewpoints

Viewpoint
Welcome to October!  October 2018 marks the 15th year of the observance of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Awareness Alliance.  We’ll be keeping you updated on all things privacy and security throughout the month.
As we previewed last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted new privacy rules that govern Internet service providers' (ISPs) handling of broadband customer information.
As we reported last month, the FCC was preparing a proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to establish privacy and data security requirements for broadband internet access service (BIAS) providers. The FCC has now released that proposal with comments and reply comments due May 27th and June 27th respectively.
As we wrote previously, the federal government released several guidance documents last month implementing The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). Among these was the Guidance to Assist Non-Federal Entities to Share Cyber Threat Indicators and Defensive Measures with Federal Entities under CISA published by the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice. 
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced that a proposed rulemaking is being circulated among the Commissioners that would establish privacy and data security requirements applicable to providers of broadband Internet access service (BIAS). 
Verizon Wireless has reached a settlement with the Federal Communications Commission over Verizon’s insertion of unique identifier headers (“UIDH”), also known as “supercookies,” to track customers’ mobile Internet traffic without their knowledge or consent. 
Last week, we discussed the Federal government’s first steps toward implementing the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). Among the guidance documents released by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice were the Privacy and Civil Liberties Interim Guidelines.
The years-long saga of the Federal Trade Commission’s suit against Wyndham Hotels over data breaches that occurred at least as early as April 2008 is finally coming to an end with a proposed settlement filed today with the court. 

Privacy Monday - April 27, 2015

April 27, 2015| Blog

Some privacy & security bits and bytes to start your week:
FCC to Hold Public Workshop on Broadband Consumer Privacy Tomorrow
As cyber week continues in Washington, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler traveled to the west coast to speak about cybersecurity at the RSA Conference in San Francisco. 

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