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Andrew Schwartzman

Lecturer in Law

Andrew Jay Schwartzman, the Benton Senior Counselor, joined the Communications and Technology Law Clinic at the Georgetown’s Institute for Public Representation in January, 2014. From...

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Andrew Jay Schwartzman, the Benton Senior Counselor, joined the Communications and Technology Law Clinic at the Georgetown’s Institute for Public Representation in January, 2014. From 1978 through 2012, Schwartzman headed Media Access Project (MAP). MAP was a non-profit public interest telecommunications law firm which represented the public in promoting the First Amendment rights to speak and to hear. It sought to promote creation of a well informed electorate by insuring vigorous debate in a free marketplace of ideas. It was the chief legal strategist in efforts to oppose major media mergers and preserve policies promoting media diversity. MAP also led efforts to promote openness and innovation on broadband networks and to insure that broad and affordable public access is provided during the deployment of advanced telecommunications networks. Since 2003, Schwartzman has also taught at the Johns Hopkins University School of Arts and Sciences Department of Advanced Academic Programs. He was the Law and Regulation Contributor to Les Brown's Encyclopedia of Television, and is the author of the telecommunications chapter in the Encyclopedia of the Consumer Movement. Schwartzman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

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"Clyburn Still Voting on Some Items at FCC, Hasn't Left the Building," by Communications Daily, May 21, 2018, quoting Profesor Andrew Schwartzman.  

"Sprint Plunges on Concern That T-Mobile Deal Will Be Blocked," coverage by Bloomberg, April 30, 2018, quoting  Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman and Distinguished Fellow, Gigi Sohn, Institute for Technology Law & Policy. Story also covered by Fortune, April 30, 2018.

"T-Mobile and Sprint agree to merge, finally," coverage by CNN Money, April 29, 2018, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman.

"Appeals court stymies bid to regulate high cost of prison phone calls", coverage in the ABA Journal, April 23, 2018, featuring Professor Andrew Schwartzman.  

"DC Circ. Skeptical Of FCC's Rationale To Restore UHF Break," coverage in Law 360, April 20, 2018, featuring Andrew Schawartzman, Lecturer in Law.

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"Clyburn Still Voting on Some Items at FCC, Hasn't Left the Building," by Communications Daily, May 21, 2018, quoting Profesor Andrew Schwartzman.  

"Sprint Plunges on Concern That T-Mobile Deal Will Be Blocked," coverage by Bloomberg, April 30, 2018, quoting  Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman and Distinguished Fellow, Gigi Sohn, Institute for Technology Law & Policy. Story also covered by Fortune, April 30, 2018.

"T-Mobile and Sprint agree to merge, finally," coverage by CNN Money, April 29, 2018, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman.

"Appeals court stymies bid to regulate high cost of prison phone calls", coverage in the ABA Journal, April 23, 2018, featuring Professor Andrew Schwartzman.  

"DC Circ. Skeptical Of FCC's Rationale To Restore UHF Break," coverage in Law 360, April 20, 2018, featuring Andrew Schawartzman, Lecturer in Law.

"FCC To Defend UHF Discount Restoration Before DC Circuit Friday," by Communications Daily, April 20, 2018, referencing Lecutrer in Law Andrew Schwartzman, Senior Counselor for the Institute for Public Representation

"Clyburn Leaving FCC Before May 10; No Announcement on Successor," by Communications Daily, April 18, 2018, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman, Senior Counselor for the Institute for Public Representation.

"Senate Dynamics Seen Favoring Quick Confirmation for Clyburn's FCC Successor," coverage by Communications Daily, April 9, 2018, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Jay Schwartzman.

"Sinclair chairman responds to criticism of controversial promos," coverage by CBS News, April 5, 2018, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman.

"Trump tweet seen as boost for Sinclair deal," coverage by Politico, April 2, 2018, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman.

"CBS tentatively sets March 25 for airing ‘60 Minutes’ interview with Stormy Daniels," coverage by The Washington Post, March 16, 2018, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Jay Schwartzman.

"Schumer Backing FCC Enforcement Bureau Assistant Chief Starks for Clyburn's Seat," coverage by Communications Daily, March 12, 2018, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman.

"F.C.C. Watchdog Looks Into Changes That Benefited Sinclair", coverage in The New York Times, February 15, 2018, quoting Professor Andrew Schwartzman.

"IG Reviewing FCC Changes That Benefited Sinclair-Tribune Merger," coverage by Newsmax, February 15, 2018, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman.

"F.C.C. Watchdog Looks Into Changes That Benefited Sinclair," coverage by The New York Times, February 15, 2018, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman. This story is also covered in the Boston Globe.

"Sinclair Broadcast Group solicits its news directors for its political fundraising efforts," coverage by The Washington Post, February 10, 2018, mentioning Lecturer in Law Andrew Jay Schwartzman.

"This crafty tactic may let states get around the FCC on net neutrality", coverage in The Washington Post, February 9, 2018, quoting Professor Andrew Schwartzman

"FCC, states on collision course over net neutrality," coverage by The Mercury News, February 9, 2018, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Jay Schwartzman.

"3rd Circ. Won’t Put Media Ownership Deregulation On Hold," coverage by Law 360, February 8, 2018, mentioning Professor Angela Campbell, Lecturer Andrew Schwartzman, James Graves and Chris Laughlin, fellows, Institute for Public Representation.

"Shutdown Likely Headed Toward End, But Prospects of Later One Worry FCC Practitioners," coverage in Communications Daily, January 23, 2018, featuring Andrew Schwartzman, Lecturer in Law.

"Don’t Apply Chevron To Inmate Calls Decision, DC Circ. Told," coverage by Law 360, September 1, 2017, mentioning Lecturer in Law Andrew Jay Schwartzman and Professor Angela J. Campbell.

"DC Circ. Urged To Rethink Nixing FCC Inmate Call Rates Cap," coverage by Law 360, July 31, 2017, mentioning Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman and Professor Angela J. Campbell.

"If FCC gets its way, we’ll lose a lot more than net neutrality," coverage in Ars Technica, July 12, 2017, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman.

"BDS Deregulation Critics Seek Court Stay of FCC Order; Transfer Motion Complicates Case," coverage by Communications Daily, July 6, 2017, quoting Professor Andrew Schwartzman.

"There’s no cheap talk when it comes to prison calls. And that’s not changing soon," coverage in The Washington Post, June 22, 2017, featuring Andrew Schwartzman, Lecturer in Law.

"DC Circuit Lifts Halt On FCC TV Ownership Shift," coverage by Law 360, June 15, 2017, mentioning Lecturer in Law Andrew Jay Schwartzman, Professor Angela J. Campbell, and Clinical Fellow Drew T. Simshaw.

"UPDATE 2-U.S. appeals court declines to block TV ownership rule change," coverage by Reuters U.K., June 15, 2017, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Jay Schwartzman.

"Trump to nominate Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel, a net neutrality supporter, to return to FCC," coverage by the Los Angeles Times, June 14, 2017, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Jay Schwartzman.

"Trump Taps Democrat Rosenworcel for FCC, But That Won’t Save Net Neutrality," coverage by Motherboard, June 14, 2017, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman.

"Trump to nominate Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel for empty slot at FCC," coverage by Ars Technica, June 14, 2017, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman.

"DC Circ. Nixes FCC Cap On Intrastate Inmate Call Rates," coverage by Law 360, June 13, 2017, mentioning Lecturer in Law Andrew Jay Schwartzman.

"There’s no cheap talk when it comes to prison calls. And that’s not changing soon.," coverage by The Washington Post, June 13, 2017, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman.

"Advocates Seek DC Circ. Halt To FCC TV Ownership Change," coverage by Law360, May 30, 2017, mentioning Professors Angela Campbell and Andrew Schwartzman, and Drew Simshaw of the Institute for Public Representation.

"Groups File to Block Return of UHF Discount," coverage by TV News Check, May 15, 2017, mentioning Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman.

"No, Stephen Colbert is not being investigated by the FCC for his Trump joke," coverage in The Washington Post, May 9, 2017, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman.

"Sinclair-Tribune Media deal spotlights media concentration worries," coverage in Chicago Tribune, May 9, 2017, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman. Also coveraged by Richmond Times-Dispatch. For more on this story, see Bloomberg Politicsand the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"Fox reportedly in talks to join bidding for Tribune’s TV stations," coverage by the Washington Post, May 1, 2017, quoting Professor Andrew Schwartzman.

"Net neutrality may be poised for a Supreme Court showdown," coverage by the Washington Post, May 1, 2017, quoting Professor Andrew Schwartzman. Professor Schwartzman was also quoted in articles on the same subject in The Boston Globe and The Chicago Tribune.  

"Ajit Pai announces plan to eliminate Title II net neutrality rules," coverage in ARS Technica, April 26, 2017, featuring Andrew Schwartzman, Lecturer in Law.

"FCC Revives Rule That Could Make It Easier For TV Station Groups To Merge," coverage by Deadline, April 20, 2017, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman.

"Why an FCC Vote May Trigger a Wave of Station Mergers," coverage by Variety, April 18, 2017, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Jay Schwartzman.

"CMO Today: Snap, NBCUniversal Partner for Winter Olympics," coverage by the Wall Street Journal, March 30, 2017, quoting Lecture in Law Andrew Schwartzman.

"FCC Tees Up Rule Change That Could Spur Wave of TV Industry Mergers," coverage in the Wall Street Journal Online, March 29, 2017, quoting Professor Andrew Schwartzman. 

"Democrats Seize on Linking Pai to Trump Media Comments, Seek Confirmation Hearing," coverage by Communications Daily, March 21, 2017 quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman.

"Why Radical Deregulation Is Happening So Fast At The FCC," coverage by Benton Foundation, March 19, 2017, an opinion piece by Lecturer-in-Law Andrew Schwartzman.

"Release of Draft FCC Items Mostly Praised But Also Raising Some Concerns," in Communications Daily, March 6, 2017, quoting Professor Andrew Schwartzman

"FCC Chairman Goes After His Predecessor's Internet Privacy Rules," coverage by NPR, February 24, 2017, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman.

"The FCC's legal battle over prison phones just took a weird turn," coverage in The Verge, February 6, 2017, quoting Professor Andrew Schwartzman

"Advocates Defend Inmate Call Rate Caps As FCC Backs Off," coverage in Law360, February 6, 2017, featuring Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman.  

"Verizon Seen Winning Approval for Charter With Trump in Power," coverage by Bloomberg Technology, January 26, 2017, quoting Lecturer-in-Law Andrew Jay Schwartzman.

"Net Neutrality Critic Ajit Pai Named New Head of FCC," coverage by JlltsUbo, January 25, 2017, quoting Lecturer-in-Law Andrew Schwartzman.

"Trump names new FCC chairman: Ajit Pai, who wants to take a 'weed whacker' to net neutrality," coverage by the Los Angeles Times, January 23, 2017, quoting Lecturer-in-Law Andrew Jay Schwartzman. For more on this story, see Ars Technica.

"Inmate Call Case Stays On Track Amid Looming FCC Changes," coverage by Law 360, January 19, 2017, mentioning Andrew Schartwman

 

"Stingray 101: How Law Enforcement Agencies And, Perhaps, Anyone Else, Can And Do Intercept Cell Phone Calls," coverage by the Benton Foundation, January 12, 2017, an opinion piece by Lecturer-in-Law Andrew Schwartzman.

"Globalstar's Christmas Present," coverage by the Benton Foundation, January 11, 2017, an opinion piece by Lecturer-in-Law Andrew Schwartzman.

"AT&T's Acquisition of Time Warner Could Meet Headwinds from Trump and Murdoch," coverage in TheStreet.com, January 10, 2017, featuring Andrew Schwartzman, Lecturer in Law.

 "Longtime D.C. TV anchor Maureen Bunyan out at WJLA, possibly ending her career," coverage in The Washington Post, January 9, 2017, featuring Andrew Schwartzman, Lecturer in Law.

"AT&T Says It Can Take Easier Route to Time Warner Purchase," coverage in Bloomberg Technology, January 6, 2017, featuring Andrew Schwartzman, Lecturer in Law.

"FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to Step Down After Trump Takes Office," coverage by Variety, December 15, 2016, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman. For more on this story, see  Ars Technica.

"Trump FCC Point Man Has Broadcasting Ties," coverage in TVNewsCheck, November 21, 2016, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman.

"Satellite dishes that power Time-Warner imperil merger with AT&T," coverage by the Chicago Tribune, November 17, 2016, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Jay Schwartzman.

"D.C. Circuit Sets Deadline for FCC Net Neutrality Response," coverage in Bloomberg BNA, August 18, 2016, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew J. Schwartzman, senior counselor, Institute for Public Representation.

"CTIA Seeking Full Court Review of Title II Decision," coverage in Multichannel News, July 27, 2016, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman.

"Why ISPs’ fight against net neutrality probably won’t reach Supreme Court," coverage in Ars Technica, June 28, 2016, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Jay Schwartzman

INADMISSIBLE: On Net Neutrality, Scalia was prescient,” coverage in The National Law Journal, June 20, 2016, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman.

"Why BuzzFeed Can Refuse Trump Ads, But TV Stations Can’t," coverage in the National Journal, June 12, 2016, featuring Andrew Schwartzman, Lecturer in Law.

The Growing Google-ization Of Washington,” coverage in TVNewsCheck, June 8, 2016, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman.

Court Rebukes FCC Over Long Delay in Updating U.S. Media-Ownership Rules,” coverage in The Wall Street Journal, May 25, 2016, Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman.

FCC Chief Enrages Industry He Once Lobbied for, Defying Skeptics,” coverage by Bloomberg Technology, April 28, 2016, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman.

"FCC Tells DC Circ. New Inmate Call Rates Aren’t Sneaky," coverage in Law 360, March 22, 2016, featuring Andrew Jay Schwartzman, Lecturer in Law.

"DC Circ. Told FCC’s Inmate Call Rate Caps Flout Court Order," coverage in Law 360, March 18, 2016, featuring Andrew Schwartzman, Lecturer in Law.

"In blow to inmates’ families, court halts new prison phone rate caps," coverage by Ars Technica, March 7, 2016, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman.

"FCC Slams Bid To Stay Rate Caps On Inmate Calls," coverage in Law 360, February 16, 2016, mentioning Andrew Schwartzman, Lecturer in Law.

"Follow Trump ad spending at FCC, but bring spreadsheet, patience," coverage in Chicago Tribune, January 27, 2016, featuring Andrew Jay Schwartzman, Lecturer in Law.

"Transparency Comes to the World of Political Advertising...If You Can Read the Data," coverage in Bloomberg Politics, Janaury 27, 2016, featuring Andrew Jay Schwartzman, Lecturer in Law.

"FCC complaint filed over Michael Bloomberg-financed political ads," coverage in The Boston Herald, December 11, 2015, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman

"Transparency Groups Target Bloomberg PAC in Long-Shot Bid to Unmask Donors," National Journal, December 10, 2015, quoting Lecturer in Law An­drew Schwartz­man

Judges Challenge Both Sides in Net Neutrality Case,” coverage in The Wall Street Journal, December 6, 2015, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman.

"Focus Turns to Judge in Latest Appeal of Net Neutrality Rules," coverage by The Wall Street Journal, November 29, 2015, quoting Andrew Schwartzman, lecturer in law.

"Time Warner Cable customers who bought modems may have to pay rental fee after Charter takeover," coverage in The Los Angeles Times, November 17, 2015, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman

"Does Donald Trump’s ‘SNL’ appearance trigger equal time for the Republican field?," PunditFact, October 23, 2015, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman.  

"FCC Chief Vows to Require “Equal Time” on TV for Candidates," coverage in The National Journal, October 23, 2015, quoting Andrew Schwartzman, Lecturer in Law.

"Donald Trump's 'SNL' stint could put FCC's 'equal-time' rule in play," coverage by CNN Money, October 14, 2015, quoting Professor Andrew Schwartzman.

"How One TV Station Is Taking Advantage of the 2016 Presidential Ad Bonanza," National Journal, September 25, 2015, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman

"Amtrak’s Failure to Gain Wireless Spectrum Rights Stymied Safety Technology," coverage in The International Business Times, May 15, 2015, featuring Andrew Schwartzman, Lecturer in Law.

"Wheeler: Benton Legacy Will Live On," Broadcasting & Cable, May 1, 2015, quoting Lecturer-in-Law Andrew Schwartzman.

"The FCC isn’t afraid of AT&T’s legal threats over net neutrality," coverage in Ars Technica, February 6, 2015, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman.

"Public Interest Lawyers Lambaste FCC Order Non-Publication," coverage by Broadcasting & Cable, February 3, 2015, featuring Professor Angela Campbell and Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman.

"After 2-year fight, Tacoma releases records confirming huge fee hikes by broadcasters," coverage in The News Tribune, January 24, 2015, quoting Andrew Schwartzman, Lecturer in Law.

"What Obama’s big push for ‘net neutrality’ means," coverage in the Christian Science Monitor, November 10, 2014, quoting Professor Andrew Schwartzman.

"Open Internet advocates may gain ground on wireless," coverage in Virginian-Pilot, September 16, 2014, quoting Lecturer in Law Andrew Schwartzman.

"Sarasota’s Grain Management waiver from FCC raises eyebrows," coverage in the Tampa Bay Business Journal, July 24, 2014, featuring Andrew Schwartzman, Lecturer in Law. Further coverage is in TV News Check.

"Broadcaster to shutter local stations after FCC collusion crackdown," The Hill, May 29, 2014, quoting Andrew Schwartzman, lecturer in law.

"Advocates Call on FCC to Enforce Disclosure Rules for Political TV Ads," coverage in The Wall Street Journal, May 1, 2014, featuring Andrew Schwartzman, Benton Senior Counselor, and the Institute for Public Representation. Futher coverage includes: Triangle Business Journal, TV News Check and more.

"FCC Chairman Makes the Call, Takes the Flak," coverage in The Wall Street Journal, Apr. 24, 2014, quoting Andrew Schwartzman, lecturer in law.

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