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.
- George Washington University (JD)
- Harvard University (BA)
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.
- 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.
- 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)
- Member, Federal Communications Bar Association
- Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals
News & Press
October Is National Cyber Security Awareness Month: NTIA Requests Comment on a Proposed Risk-Management Approach to Consumer Data Privacy
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October 31, 2016| Blog
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December 10, 2015| Blog
April 27, 2015| Blog
FCC to Hold Public Workshop on Broadband Consumer Privacy Tomorrow