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Christopher J. Harvie

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Chris devotes his practice to assisting cable operators, broadband companies, and content providers with a broad range of legal, policy and legislative matters. He represents clients before federal and state agencies, on Capitol Hill, and in court on a variety of communications law issues. Chris’s areas of specialty include privacy, cybersecurity, surveillance law, broadband policy, franchising and access to local rights-of-way, and policy and legislative issues affecting the Internet of Things. As a former committee counsel to the chair of the US Senate Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust, Monopolies, and Business Rights subcommittee, Chris focused on media and telecommunications, intellectual property, and First Amendment issues.

Chris focuses chiefly on legal, policy, and legislative issues affecting cable and telecommunications companies. He has represented clients in proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission, Congress, federal and state courts, and state and local regulatory bodies.

He assists clients on a broad range of cable television legal and policy matters, including cable franchising and regulation, privacy, programming agreements, content licensing and copyright, rate regulation, set-top box issues, inside wiring, and broadband network policy.

Before joining the firm, Chris served as Senate Judiciary Committee Counsel to Sen. Howard M. Metzenbaum, chair of the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Monopolies, and Business Rights. In that capacity, Chris worked on a broad range of legislative and policy matters, including telecommunications, intellectual property, and First Amendment issues.

From 1987 to 1988, Chris directed the Advocacy Institute’s Right-to-Know project, which helped develop advocacy strategies on issues concerning public access to government information.

During law school, he served as a member of the UCLA Law Review.

Education

  • University of California - Los Angeles (JD)
  • Brown 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 Charter in its $67.1 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks (in certain states).

Franchising & Rights-of-Way Issues

  • Represented Cox as lead Federal law counsel in connection with Cox’s Federal court challenge to a decision by the City of Tempe, AZ to award Google Fiber a license to use the City’s rights-of-way to provide video service without obtaining a franchise and pursuant to terms and conditions more favorable and less burdensome than the terms and conditions of Cox’s cable franchise. After a Federal judge dismissed the City’s motion to dismiss and ruled that the challenge should go forward, Google Fiber terminated its video license with Tempe, and the parties mutually agreed to dismissal of the dispute between Cox and the City.

Privacy & Cybersecurity

  • Counseling Comcast, the nation’s largest cable system operator, on cybersecurity policy issues affecting its cable and broadband services. In this regard, the firm assists Comcast in analyzing and responding to Congressional and agency initiatives on cybersecurity policy matters.

Recognition & Awards

  • Recommended by The Legal 500 United States for Telecom & Broadcast: Regulatory (2017 - 2018)
  • Order of the Coif

Involvement

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Communications Bar Association

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.
Viewpoint
Late last week the White House released its National Cyber Strategy, setting forth its approach to protecting U.S. critical infrastructure from global cyber threats.
Manufacturers of wireless devices used for Internet of Things (IoT) applications should take heed of new Trump Administration proposals aimed at reducing the cybersecurity threats from botnets and other automated and distributed attacks.
Even president-elect Donald Trump has been the victim of a data breach. Several times actually. The payment card system for his Trump Hotel Collection was infected by malware in May 2014 and 70,000 credit card numbers were compromised by the time the hack was discovered several months later.  
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 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.
This week, the Federal government took the first steps toward implementation of the The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), enacted into law last December. 

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