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Admitted to Practice

  • Colorado, 1981
  • Supreme Court of Colorado
  • District of Columbia, 2007

Madie D. Gustafson

Of Counsel

Madie Gustafson represents clients in the cable and telecommunication industries in regulatory matters, including comprehensive franchise assistance, negotiations of cable and telecommunication franchises, transfers, renewals and compliance and rights of way matters. Madie was formerly the senior vice president for Franchising and Local Government Affairs at AT&T Broadband and Tele-Communications, Inc., and served as general counsel for United Artists Cable Systems, Inc. and corporate counsel for United Cable Television Corporation. Madie is a frequent speaker on legal and system operation issues and regularly provides client training on various cable and communications-related topics, including franchise renewal and transfers, negotiations, conflict resolution, drafting, and problem solving skills.

Representative Experience

Broadband service provider for Charter Communications, Inc.

Represented national provider of cable television, Internet, and telephone services in obtaining federal, state, and local approvals for corporate restructuring. (2009)

Franchise negotiations for TCI, AT&T Broadband, Charter Communications

Negotiated hundreds of franchise renewals for a variety of cable companies, including Seattle and King County, Wash., West Covina, Calif., Denver Metro Consortium, Colo., and West Palm Beach, Fla. The negotiations ended in favorable business arrangements and long-term franchise renewals for the companies.

Franchise review and transfer for Adelphia Communications and Charter Communications

Reviewed thousands of cable franchisees for Adelphia and Charter and determined whether local regulatory consent would be required for a variety of different transactions. A variety of complex information was summarized and entered in databases for the clients.

Franchise transfer project for Adelphia Communications

Represented Adelphia Communications in the sale of its cable systems out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy to Time Warner and Comcast Communications. Managed the team that handled the regulatory aspects of the transaction, including obtaining consent from more than 1,600 local municipalities.

Franchise University government relations training program for Charter Communications

Created the curriculum and materials and provided instruction for a national provider of broadband services' first training program for government relations employees. This three-day program has become the provider's premier annual training program. Developed additional curriculum and materials and provided instruction for subsequent Franchise University programs.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Denver Bar Association
  • Member, Council of 100 of Northwestern University
  • Member, Women’s Vision Foundation: Wise Women
  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Member, Women in Cable & Telecommunications
  • Former faculty member, seminars on the Cable Act, Practising Law Institute
  • Former adjunct professor, Telecommunications Law, University of Denver