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|University ||Washington State University, B.A., 1972|
|Law School||University of Washington, J.D., 1975|
|Admitted||District of Columbia; U.S. Court of Appeals; U.S. Supreme Court|
Federal Communications Bar Association
|Born||Olympia, Washington, April 25, 1950|
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 inWashington 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.
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U.S. Supreme Court Reverses Second Circuit; Finds Aereo is Engaging in Unlicensed Public Performances of Broadcast Programs
Seth A. Davidson,Arthur H. Harding,Ari Z. Moskowitz, July 1, 2014
In a much-anticipated ruling, on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, the United States Supreme Court, by a 6-3 margin, overturned the decision of the Second Circuit in ABC et. al v. Aereo. The majority opinion, written by Justice Breyer, held that the transmissions of broadcast programming made to...
FCC Seeks Comment on Proposed Net Neutrality Rules and Title II Reclassification
Seth A. Davidson,Lawrence R. Freedman,Craig A. Gilley,Arthur H. Harding, May 23, 2014
On May 15, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) aimed at adopting new Net Neutrality rules to replace those struck down by the D.C. Circuit in January. The NPRM proposes to enhance the Transparency rule that the court left in place, readopt the No-Blocking rule that...
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