Arthur H. Harding: Lawyer with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Arthur H. Harding

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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University Washington State University, B.A., 1972
Law SchoolUniversity of Washington, J.D., 1975
Admitted1975, Washington; 1978, District of Columbia
BornOlympia, 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 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.






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FCC Adopts Rule Limiting Joint Retransmission Consent Negotiations; Initiates Further Rulemaking on Repeal of Cable Blackout Rules
Seth A. Davidson,Craig A. Gilley,Arthur H. Harding, April 8, 2014
On Monday, March 31, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted unanimously to amend its “good faith negotiation” rules to prohibit the joint negotiation of retransmission consent by two or more stations that are among the four most highly rated stations in a market and are...

Pace Picks Up on Congressional Consideration of Legislation Impacting Broadcast, Cable, and Satellite Industries
Seth A. Davidson,Arthur H. Harding, April 1, 2014
On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee approved by voice vote an as-yet unnamed and unnumbered bill to reauthorize the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (“STELA”) and to make certain other...

FCC Issues Decision on Cable Systems Pay-By-Phone Convenience Charges, Rates for “Basic-Only” Equipment Rates, and Unbundling of Service and Equipment Rates
Seth A. Davidson,Arthur H. Harding, March 24, 2014
For the first time in several years, the Federal Communications Commission’s Media Bureau has issued a decision resolving a cable operator’s appeal of a local order regulating the cable operator’s rates. The appeal, which was brought by Comcast, addressed nearly identical rate...

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Arthur H. Harding

1255 23rd Street, NW, Eighth Floor
WashingtonDC 20037


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