Art Harding is a partner representing clients principally in the cable television, broadcasting and telecommunications sectors. He has advised clients for over thirty-five years on a broad range of issues before the Federal Communications Commission, Copyright Office and other aspects of communications law, with a particular concentration on matters affecting the cable television industry, including: must carry/retransmission consent, rate regulation, effective competition showings, program access and program carriage disputes, network affiliation agreements, local franchises and right-of-way agreements, subscriber privacy and copyright.
Art actively participates in a broad range of proceedings before the FCC, such as rulemakings, waiver petitions, enforcement matters, administrative hearings and transaction approvals.
He also assists cable clients as they enter new lines of business such as high-speed Internet, video on demand and voice over Internet protocol. In addition, Art provides strategic counsel to the firm's broadcast, telecommunications and communications equipment clients on a broad range of regulatory and business matters.
Art was selected for inclusion in Washington D.C. Super Lawyers for 2012 and 2013.
•Art has led teams in obtaining FCC and related state and local regulatory approvals for numerous significant transactions, including:
•Time Warner Cable spin-off from Time Warner Inc.
•Time Warner Cable/Comcast/Adelphia
•Time Warner Inc./AOL
•Time Warner Entertainment/US West
•Time Warner Inc./Turner Broadcasting
•Time Warner Inc./Warner Communications
•Sale of Group W Cable
•Westinghouse (Group W)/Teleprompter
•Warner Cable/American Express
•Art has also successfully assisted clients with FCC strategies to repel hostile takeovers, such as Paramount's effort to take over Time Inc. and Rupert Murdoch's attempt to seize control of Warner Communications.
•Art helped implement the FCC strategy for William Paley to return as Chairman of CBS.
•Art has obtained dozens of cable franchises and franchise renewals for cable clients.
•Art has participated in numerous administrative hearings before the FCC, including proceedings involving the FCC program carriage rules and the award television and radio licenses.
•Art was on the team representing NCTA in negotiations with local authorities that led to the 1984 Cable Act.
•Art also actively participated in the legislative process relating to the 1992 Cable Act and the 1996 Telecommunications Act, as well as in various FCC rulemaking proceedings to implement those laws.
Before Edwards Wildman
After law school, Art started as an attorney in the Cable Television Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission. He later served as Assistant General Counsel of the National Cable Television Association before joining a Washington, D.C. communications law firm that became Fleishman and Harding where he practiced for over thirty years.
Besides Edwards Wildman
Art and his wife enjoy weekends at their cabin on the Chesapeake Bay. Art's hobbies include antiques, ocean liner memorabilia and posters, and following unlimited hydroplane racing. Art takes out his frustrations on the golf course whenever possible.
Sale of Baja Broadband Cable Systems by M/C Partners and Columbia Capital
Our lawyers acted as lead counsel to M/C Partners and Columbia Capital in the $267,500,000 sale of cable systems by their affiliate, Baja Broadband LLC, to a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc.
Time Warner Cable Acquisition of Insight Communications
A team of our Regulatory and Mergers & Acquisitions lawyers assisted Time Warner Cable in the $3 billion acquisition of Insight Communications Company in 2012.
Time Warner Cable Acquisition of Cable Systems
A team our Mergers & Acquisitions, Regulatory, Tax, and Benefits and Compensation lawyers represented New York-based Time Warner Cable in the acquisition of cable systems in Kentucky and Tennessee serving approximately 70,000 video subscribers from NewWave Communications.
Senate Approves STELA; President Expected to Sign Digilaw Blog
November 21, 2014
Revised Stela Reauthorization Legislation Passed by House Digilaw Blog
November 20, 2014
Edwards Wildman Trio Outlines What's Next for Aereo in Broadcasting & Cable
October 28, 2014
Southern District of New York Holds That Aereo is Not Eligible for the Cable Compulsory License; Grants Preliminary Injunction Digilaw Blog
October 24, 2014
FCC Releases Second Quarter 2014 Quarterly Inflation Factor For Form 1240 Filers Digilaw Blog
October 20, 2014
FCC Repeals Cable Television and DBS Sports Blackout Rule Digilaw Blog
October 2, 2014
Senate Commerce Committee Approves STAVRA by Voice Vote Digilaw Blog
September 18, 2014
Senate Commerce Committee Releases Revised Draft of Legislation Extending STELA and Making Other Changes to the Communications Act Digilaw Blog
September 16, 2014
FCC FY 2014 Regulatory Fees: Payment Deadline and Subscriber Pass Through Reminders Digilaw Blog
September 9, 2014
FCC Releases Fiscal Year 2014 Regulatory Fee Schedule Digilaw Blog
September 2, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Art Harding Comments on FCC Facing Bitter Fight To Revive Net Neutrality in Law360
January 16, 2014
Edwards Wildman Client Advisory: Draft Legislation Proposed to Reform Retransmission Consent and Repeal Cable Set-top Box Restrictions
Edwards Wildman Client Advisory: Second Circuit Rejects First Amendment Challenge to FCC's Program Carriage Rules, But Vacates Program Carriage Standstill Rule
September 6, 2013
Edwards Wildman Client Advisory: FCC Reconsiders Several Closed Captioning Rules and Seeks Further Comment
Edwards Wildman in the Media: Launch of TMT Practice Group
February 12, 2013
Edwards Wildman Launches Technology, Media & Telecommunications Practice Group
February 6, 2013
Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge Merges with Fleischman and Harding
February 1, 2011