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Radhika U. Bhat

Associate

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+1.202.434.7440

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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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Monthly TCPA Digest – March 2019

March 20, 2019 | Article | By Alexander Hecht, Jennifer Lynn Kelly, Joshua Briones, Anne-Marie Dao, Russell Fox, Radhika Bhat, Elana R. Safner

This month we consider who qualifies as a “sender” under the Junk Faxes Rule, provide an update on the HANGUP and TRACED bills, and review a Whole Foods case that asks whether the Bristol-Meyers ruling applies to class actions.
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TCPA Regulatory Update: Who Qualifies as a “Sender” under the Junk Faxes Rule?

March 20, 2019 | Article | By Russell Fox, Radhika Bhat, Elana Safner

TCPA Regulatory Update: Who Qualifies as a “Sender” under the Junk Faxes Rule?
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Monthly TCPA Digest – February 2019

February 25, 2019 | Article | By Joshua Briones, Alexander Hecht, Jennifer Lynn Kelly, Elana R. Safner, Radhika Bhat, Russell Fox

This issue covers the FCC’s adoption of a proposal to extend anti-spoofing rules to calls originating outside the US, the continued push for call authentication and blocking, and renewed efforts to pass the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act.
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TCPA Regulatory Update - February 2019

February 25, 2019 | Article | By Russell Fox, Radhika Bhat, Elana R. Safner

This issue covers the FCC’s adoption of a proposal to extend anti-spoofing rules to calls originating outside the US, the continued push for call authentication and blocking, and renewed efforts to pass the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act.
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Monthly TCPA Digest – January 2019

January 16, 2019 | Article | By Joshua Briones, Russell Fox, Alexander Hecht, Radhika Bhat, Anne-Marie Dao, Elana R. Safner, Jennifer Lynn Kelly, Crystal Lopez, Esteban Morales, Nicole Ozeran, Natalie Prescott

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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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 – December 2018

December 17, 2018 | Article | By Joshua Briones, Russell Fox, Alexander Hecht, Radhika Bhat, Anne-Marie Dao, Elana R. Safner, Jennifer Lynn Kelly, Crystal Lopez, Esteban Morales, Nicole Ozeran, Natalie Prescott

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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TCPA Regulatory Update – FCC Establishes Reassigned Numbers Database and Adopts Safe Harbor

December 17, 2018 | Article | By Russell Fox, Radhika Bhat, Elana R. Safner

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 – November 2018

November 19, 2018 | Article | By Joshua Briones, Russell Fox, Alexander Hecht, Jennifer Lynn Kelly, Radhika Bhat, Anne-Marie Dao, Crystal Lopez, Esteban Morales, Nicole Ozeran, Natalie Prescott, Elana R. Safner

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 | By Russell Fox, Radhika Bhat, Elana R. Safner

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