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Broadband and Cable Industry Law 2015

 
Author(s): Tara M. Corvo, Geoffrey G. Why
Practice Area: Communications/Telecommunications Law, Intellectual Property, Privacy & Cybersecurity
Published: Jan 2015
PLI Item #: 59256
CHB Spine #: G1213, G1214

Tara is Chair of the Communications Section and a member of the firm's Policy Committee. In her over 20 years in private practice, she has developed extensive experience in cable and broadband regulation. Her practice includes counseling and representation in connection with federal and state governmental matters, as well as communications-related transactions and litigation. She counsels communications industry clients on matters such as network access, net neutrality, OVD competition issues, and compliance with the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 and the related FCC rules for accessibility of advanced communications services and equipment. She assists clients with transfer of control issues in the purchase and sale of systems, and advises them in retransmission consent and program carriage disputes before the Federal Communications Commission and the courts. Her clients include Cablevision Systems Corporation, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, Discovery Communications, AMC Networks, MSG Networks, and others.

Tara received her B.A. in Government and Modern European Studies from Cornell University (1990). She earned her J.D., with high honors, from Duke University School of Law (1993). She serves as the Washington office’s coordinator for community service activities, as well as the firm's Co-chair for Professional Development.

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EDUCATION

  • Duke University (JD, with high honors, 1993)
  • Cornell University (BA, Government and Modern European Studies, 1990)

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts


Geoffrey has substantial experience in prominent policy and legislative issues affecting the cable, broadband, wireline, and wireless industries. Prior to joining Mintz Levin, he served as the Commissioner (2009 - 2014) and General Counsel (2007 - 2009) of the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable (DTC). In his role as Commissioner, Geoffrey directed all administrative, legal, and policy priorities for the department. 

While Commissioner, Geoffrey led the DTC on a number of fronts, including spearheading state interests at the FCC regarding the upcoming spectrum auction, public safety, broadband deployment, IP transition, and Universal Service Fund reform. Geoffrey also was heavily involved in adjudicating cable rate cases, handling interconnection disputes, and enabling wireless companies to do business in the Commonwealth as “eligible telecommunications carriers.” In addition, Geoffrey initiated investigations regarding telephone service quality and the federally funded Lifeline program. He also chaired the FCC’s Section 706 Joint Conference on Advanced Telecommunications Services and co-chaired the North American Numbering Council. In addition, he was a member of the FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council and the New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners.

Prior to his positions at the DTC, Geoffrey served as an assistant attorney general in the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division (2001 - 2007), where he investigated and litigated matters related to consumer protection and antitrust law and specialized in enforcement actions with telecommunications and cable companies. He was co-chair of the Attorney General's Diversity Committee (2003 - 2007), and in 2006, was presented the Edward J. McCormack Jr. Award for Excellence by the Attorney General for his work on behalf of Massachusetts consumers. Geoffrey also has served as assistant district attorney at the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Appellate Division. 

As part of his commitment to public service, Geoffrey serves in a leadership capacity in various professional and community groups, including as a board member of the Asian Community Development Corporation and of the Boston College Law School Alumni Board. He is a former member of the board of directors of the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts (2003 - 2012), the board of the Massachusetts Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights (2006 - 2008), and a former commissioner of the Massachusetts Asian American Commission (2007 - 2012). He has also served as an instructor at Boston University School of Law.