Net neutrality. Closing the digital divide. The future of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Whether the protections provided to social media platform by Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act will be transformed. These and a host of other communications policy issues await the FCC under President Biden. Policy changes could have profound impact on businesses of all shapes and sizes and all parts of the country.
Join the National LGBT+ Bar Associations’ Lavender Link and Womble Bond Dickinson’s Womble PRIDE for an insightful discussion about the future of communications policy under the Biden administration with Consumer Advocate and Washington Insider, Gigi Sohn; introductions by former FCC Acting Chairwoman and Commissioner, Mignon Clyburn; and moderated by David Carter, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson and Founder of TCPA Defense Force.
For more than 30 years, Gigi has worked across the country to defend and preserve the fundamental competition and innovation policies that have made broadband Internet access more ubiquitous, competitive, affordable, open and protective of user privacy, including as Counselor to the former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler during the Obama Administration. Gigi will share her thoughts about how the Biden administration might shape the communications landscape.
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Time: 12:00pm (EST) | 9:00am (PT)
Location: Virtual. The "join link" will be sent to those who register. You will also have the option to save this event to your outlook calendar during registration.
Gigi has dedicated her career to raising awareness and building consensus on issues of public importance, including as co-president of GayLaw (now the LGBT Bar Association of DC), a member of the District of Columbia Bar Task Force on Sexual Orientation and the Workplace, and as the first elected openly LGBTQ member of the DC Bar Board of Governors. For more than 30 years, Gigi has worked across the country to defend and preserve the fundamental competition and innovation policies that have made broadband Internet access more ubiquitous, competitive, affordable, open and protective of user privacy, including as Counselor to the former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler during the Obama Administration. Gigi will share her thoughts about how the Biden administration might shape the communications landscape.
Mignon Clyburn, a member of President Joe Biden’s FCC Review Team, served 2 terms as FCC commissioner from August 2009 until June 2018. She also served as Acting FCC Chairwoman from May - November 2013.
While at the FCC, Commissioner Clyburn was committed to closing the digital divide. She was an advocate for Lifeline Modernization, which assists low income consumers defray the cost of broadband service, championed diversity in media ownership, initiated Inmate Calling Services reforms, emphasized diversity and inclusion in STEM opportunities, and fought to preserve a free and open internet.
Prior to the FCC, she spent 11 years as a member of the sixth district on the Public Service Commission (PSC) of South Carolina. Prior to the PSC, she was the publisher and general manager of her family-founded newspaper for 14 years, the Coastal Times, a Charleston-based weekly newspaper that focused primarily on issues affecting the African American community.
David Carter (Moderator)
Companies rely on David Carter to guide them in Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) compliance matters and to defend them against allegations of TCPA violations. He has represented both closely held and publicly traded companies facing TCPA claims with potential liability in excess of $500 million. David runs the TCPA Defense Force whose mission is to reduce TCPA risk, allowing companies to communicate with consumers responsibly and without fear of legal consequences.
In addition, David counsels technology companies and telecom carriers through a range of business disputes, often against entrenched incumbents and involving new business models and service offerings. As an experienced litigation attorney, David represents carriers in both state and federal courts, as well as before the Federal Communications Commission and state regulatory agencies. His clients include international as well as domestic telecom companies.
Prior to joining Womble Bond Dickinson, David founded Innovista Law in 2014.