Eric P. Schmidt

Counsel

Washington
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
1875 K Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006-1238
T 202 303 1293
F 202 303 2293
eschmidtwillkie.com

Eric P. Schmidt is counsel in the Communications & Media Practice Group, focusing on client counseling and advocacy before the Federal Communications Commission, state public utility commissions, and courts. He advises clients on regulatory and litigation matters including broadband infrastructure deployment and universal service funding programs, network resiliency and disaster response, 911 and emergency alerting, accessibility, video franchising, merger review, and appeals of agency decisions. With prior experience in public safety and administrative law matters at the FCC, Eric advises clients on regulatory compliance as well as strategic advocacy in rulemaking and enforcement proceedings. He also helps clients navigate state and local regulatory obligations in light of overarching—and rapidly changing—federal requirements and funding programs.

Eric P. Schmidt is counsel in the Communications & Media Practice Group, focusing on client counseling and advocacy before the Federal Communications Commission, state public utility commissions, and courts. He advises clients on regulatory and litigation matters including broadband infrastructure deployment and universal service funding programs, network resiliency and disaster response, 911 and emergency alerting, accessibility, video franchising, merger review, and appeals of agency decisions. With prior experience in public safety and administrative law matters at the FCC, Eric advises clients on regulatory compliance as well as strategic advocacy in rulemaking and enforcement proceedings. He also helps clients navigate state and local regulatory obligations in light of overarching—and rapidly changing—federal requirements and funding programs.

Selected Significant Matters

Eric has advised on the following significant matters:

  • Representing Comcast Corporation in FCC rulemakings on broadband and media issues, cable franchising, accessibility, and public safety and disaster recovery
  • Representing Comcast Corporation in California Public Utilities Commission proceedings involving broadband and VoIP network resiliency and backup power, broadband funding programs, and digital equity
  • Representing Comcast Corporation in cable franchise renewal litigation with the Vermont Public Utility Commission
  • Advising NCTA — The Internet & Television Association on 911 and public safety issues
  • Advising communications providers and large employers on compliance with Kari’s Law and RAY BAUM’S Act 911 obligations for multi-line telephone systems
  • Advising health care and media clients on Americans With Disabilities Act and related accessibility obligations for websites
  • Advising communications companies and private equity firms on regulatory due diligence in mergers and acquisitions

Prior Experience

  • Attorney Advisor, FCC Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
  • Law Clerk for the Honorable James S. Casebolt, Colorado Court of Appeals

Selected Publications and Lectures

  • Note, Hot News Misappropriation In the Internet Age, 9 J. TELECOMM & HIGH TECH. L. 313 (2011).