WASHINGTON, D.C.—A proposal by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to allow pay TV customers to access programming on third-party devices or apps has stirred up a great deal of controversy and conversation in telecom circles.
Law360.com has extensive coverage of the proposal and the discussion surrounding it. Womble Carlyle Communications Law attorney Mark Palchick was among those interviewed—and he said there are widespread issues and concerns that must be addressed before such a proposal moves forward.
“There are significant problems with the chairman’s proposal, as evidenced by the fact that there is so much that’s being said against it, and from Democrats, Republicans, from minority groups, from programmers, from privacy groups, and very, very tepid acceptance from NTIA and the Federal Trade Commission,” Palchick tells Law360.com. “One would hope that in a democratic process that’s supposed to pay attention to the public comments, they will take that into account.”
Mark Palchick has been an attorney in the communications field since 1975. He is experienced in matters relating to the domestic and international cable industry, international copyright, negotiations of program affiliation agreements, E-rate funding, pole attachment matters, interconnection agreements between private carriers and other FCC regulatory matters. In 2013 he was honored by the Cable Television Industry and inducted into the Cable Pioneers.