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Radhika U. Bhat

Associate

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Radhika advises clients on regulatory and compliance matters before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and state regulatory commissions and advocates for her clients’ interests in federal and state regulatory proceedings. Her practice also includes counseling in connection with communications-related litigation and consumer protection laws, such as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Her clients include telecommunications providers, cable operators, media companies, and equipment manufacturers.

Prior to joining Mintz, Radhika worked in the DC office of another large law firm, where she focused on litigation arising out of FCC rulemakings and on class action litigation. In addition, she provided guidance on a variety of consumer protection, privacy, and data security issues, including state and federal telemarketing laws, data collection laws and best practices, and corporate website terms of use and privacy policies.

Radhika graduated with honors from the University of Michigan Law School. While in law school, Radhika was a Symposium Editor of the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform.

Education

  • University of Michigan (JD, cum laude)
  • University of California - Berkeley (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.

FCC Regulation

  • Helped Trimble Inc., a major manufacturer of GPS equipment, defend against a threat by an entity that wished to propose a service in adjacent frequency spectrum that would have endangered the reception of GPS signals.
  • Advise and advocate for numerous clients on the use and allocation of spectrum related to the Internet of Things (IoT) and commercial mobile service.
  • Counsel cable operators and utilities on TCPA regulation and reform to ensure marketing and informational campaigns are compliant with FCC requirements.

Franchising & Rights-of-Way Issues

  • Advise a large, multi-system cable operator on state and local cable requirements concerning customer notice, consumer protection, and product launches.

Involvement

  • Member, Federal Communications Bar Association Young Lawyers Committee
  • Member, Federal Communications Bar Association Diversity Committee

Viewpoints

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Although the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has been affected by the government shutdown, it released several TCPA items in late December before it suspended most operations due to the lapse in funding.
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Monthly TCPA Digest – January 2019

January 16, 2019| Article

This TCPA Digest covers an FCC petition on how the TCPA defines telemarketing and dual purpose and an Eighth Circuit holding for an insurance carrier based on record-keeping.
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The FCC held its last open meeting of 2018 on December 12, approving two items related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) as part of its busy year-end agenda.
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Monthly TCPA Digest – December 2018

December 17, 2018| Article

This TCPA Digest examines recently introduced Congressional bills focused on combatting robocalls and the FCC’s order to establish a single reassigned numbers database.
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Monthly TCPA Digest – November 2018

November 19, 2018| Article

This TCPA Digest covers the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the PDR Network, LLC v. Carlton & Harris Chiropractic case and provides news from the FCC, including a notice to voice providers that action will be taken if the industry-led call authentication system doesn’t materialize soon.
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TCPA Regulatory Update – November 2018

November 19, 2018| Article

Deploy Call Authentication Technology by 2019 or Else, FCC Tells Voice Providers; FCC Eliminates 2006 Solicited Fax Rule; FCC Reviews Comments on IHS Markit Petition for Emergency Declaratory Ruling; FCC Continues to Review Comments, Meet with Stakeholders, and Analyze Implications of Marks v. Crunch
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Comments are due in a number of important TCPA proceedings in October. In response to a major decision out of the Ninth Circuit last month, which further entrenched a circuit split regarding interpretations of the definition of an automatic telephone dialing system (“ATDS”), the FCC released a Public Notice seeking comment on that definition. Additionally, the FCC is currently reviewing and evaluating comments on provider-initiated call blocking technologies and other technological solutions to the problem of unwanted and illegal robocalls. Finally, the FCC released a Public Notice seeking comment on motor vehicle recalls and the emergency purposes exemption to the TCPA’s prior consent requirement. While no major orders addressing components of the TCPA have been released, it is clear that the FCC is teeing up possible revisions to its TCPA rules to reflect recent court decisions.
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Read about recent TCPA cases and FCC comment periods on automatic telephone dialing systems, call blocking technologies, and a proposed emergency use exemption to the TCPA.
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It has been a quiet month for TCPA-related business at the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), with no major Commission releases addressing the TCPA. The Commission is busy reviewing comments on a number of Petitions on Public Notices, and comments on its Additional Call Blocking Methods Public Notice (reported in our August TCPA Update) are due later this month.
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In this issue, we look at industry comments on the FCC’s report on robocalling and efforts to urge the agency to reconsider its reassigned numbers database proposal. In addition, we examine a recent circuit split on what constitutes an automatic telephone dialing system (ATDS) in the Third and Ninth Circuits and what that means for TCPA defendants. The split follows the D.C. Circuit’s May 2018 decision in ACA International v. Federal Communications Commission, which set aside the FCC’s “unreasonably expansive interpretation” of what constitutes an automatic telephone dialing system.