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Michael Hurwitz is a partner and Co-Chair of the Communications & Media Department. Michael’s focus includes FCC regulatory policy for communications and media companies, regulatory review of mergers and acquisitions, and Internet- and programming-related litigation, arbitrations, and appeals of agency orders. Michael has participated in FCC and CPUC rulemakings relating to broadband infrastructure, federal broadband benefits, spectrum policy, net neutrality, online video, program carriage, program access, and media ownership. Michael also advises communications and media companies on regulatory compliance issues.

Chambers USA (2023) ranks Michael among the leading individuals practicing in Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite Law in Washington, D.C.

Michael was selected to serve on Law360’s Telecommunications Editorial Advisory Board in 2020, 2022 and 2023.

Experience

Michael has represented companies in the following matters:

  • Comcast NBCUniversal in a dispute with Wave Broadband over the carriage of regional sports networks (RSNs) at the FCC
  • FCC review of the proposed acquisition by Comcast of Time Warner Cable and related transactions
  • FCC review of the acquisition by Comcast of a majority stake in NBCUniversal from GE
  • Project Concord online programming arbitration against NBCUniversal
  • Tennis Channel program carriage complaint against Comcast
  • WaveDivision Holdings program access complaint against CSN-California and CSN-Bay Area
  • DirecTV program access arbitration against CSN-New England
  • Mid-Atlantic Sports Network program carriage complaint against Comcast
  • NFL Network program carriage complaint against Comcast
  • Herring Broadcasting d/b/a WealthTV program carriage complaint against Comcast

Credentials

Education


Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2006 Yale University, M.A., 2001 University of Chicago, B.A., 1997

Bar Admissions


District of Columbia, 2007 Maryland, 2006