Seth A. Davidson: Lawyer with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Seth A. Davidson

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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University University of Virginia, B.A., 1975
Law SchoolColumbia University, J.D., 1978
Admitted1978, District of Columbia
BornWashington, D.C., February 17, 1953

Seth Davidson counsels clients on legislative and regulatory issues of interest to the cable, satellite, broadcast, and Internet industries. His areas of emphasis include both communications and copyright law, and he frequently handles matters arising before the Federal Communications Commission and the Copyright Office as well as Congress.

Seth has played an active role, including drafting legislation and witness testimony, in most legislative matters affecting the communications industry over the past three decades, including the 1984 and 1992 Cable Acts, the Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings Act of 1995, the 1996 Telecommunications Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and the Satellite Home Viewer Act of 1989 and each of its subsequent renewals. In 2004, he was singled out by the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee for his contributions in the drafting of the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act. In 2010, Seth testified before the New York City Council on the issue of broadcast signal retransmission consent rights.

Seth also has participated in the drafting of comments and presentation of clients' positions on most of the rulemaking proceedings before the FCC and Copyright Office affecting cable television and satellite companies since the 1980s, including rulemakings relating to broadcast signal carriage, equipment compatibility, rate regulation and access to programming. Seth also played a key role in the successful effort to convince the Office of Management and Budget to block the implementation of "leased access" rules in 2008.

Seth has drafted briefs in appellate litigation before both the United States Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Seth also has successfully defended cable operators in FCC complaint proceedings involving rate, signal carriage, and programming related issues.

Before Edwards Wildman

Seth served as Associate General Counsel and then Legislative Counsel to the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, before joining Fleischman and Harding LLP.

Besides Edwards Wildman

Seth and his wife (a former communications attorney turned marine conservation advocate) are avid scuba divers when not enjoying the camaraderie of their Northern Virginia lakeside community or attending Washington Nationals games. Seth also is a past and present supporter of the activities of the Federal Communications Bar Association and its related charitable foundation.






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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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Seth A. Davidson

1255 23rd Street, NW, Eighth Floor
WashingtonDC 20037


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