Schwartz, Woods & Miller, since our founding in 1970, has been grounded in representation of communications clients. We represent commercial and noncommercial broadcast licensees before the Federal Communications Commission and other federal agencies and in the Courts.
Our practice includes assistance in meeting FCC requirements, including applications for new stations, license renewal, participation in rule-making proceedings, and interpretation of decisions, rules, and policies. We advise on compliance with FCC regulations, including for example its EEO, political broadcasting, public inspection file, advertising and contest, and underwriting regulations and policies. We assist in the preparation and filing of the full range of applications, reports, and other documents required by the FCC. We help clients in conjunction with their engineering personnel and consultants to protect their facilities from unauthorized interference and protect their own service areas.
We worked closely with our television clients in the DTV transition and are very actively working with them now on planning for the upcoming reverse auction. We are counseling on auction procedures and options, including sale of the spectrum, channel changes, and sharing agreements.
We advise public television and radio station licensees on FCC and CPB compliance, PBS production requirements, and related matters.
Educational Broadband Service
We have advised numerous licensees of EBS stations, helping them on licensing, compliance and leasing throughout the transition from the Instructional Television Fixed Service.
We have extensive experience drafting and negotiating tower leases and sales, retransmission consent, and program contracts.
We have handled hundreds of station sales and purchase transactions, ranging from small FM translator transactions to transactions involving radio and television station groups with values up to hundreds of millions of dollars.
The firm assists clients on matters involving microwave, satellite and mobile systems, and with carriage issues posed by multichannel program providers, including cable television, direct broadcast satellite, and competitive cable and IPTV systems.
We provide counsel and assistance with trademark protection of station call letters, logos, and slogans.
We assist in applications for authorization of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (also known as UAVs or drones) by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Advisors to Investment Firms
We are often called upon to counsel hedge funds, arbitragers, and investment bankers with respect to the outlook for telecommunications mergers, including FCC, state regulatory commission (through our network of state lawyers), Congressional, executive, and court analysis. We also advise on non-merger industry trends and special situations.