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Admitted to Practice

  • District of Columbia, 1978
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals D.C. Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1984

Paul Glist

Paul Glist concentrates on the areas of cable television, communications, media, telecommunications, privacy and security, and information technology. Since 1978 he has worked with major cable companies and cable associations on legal, regulatory, and strategic issues that have emerged as the industry has developed. Paul has been involved in many groundbreaking efforts in telecommunications and cable law and has helped develop the legislation, regulation and case law impacting these industries. He was the first practicing lawyer to receive the Vanguard Award, the most prestigious award presented by NCTA - The Internet & Television Association.

Paul’s clients include: Cable Television Laboratories (CableLabs), Charter Communications, Comcast, and NCTA - The Internet & Television Association.

Representative Experience

Artificial intelligence

Advised leading cloud service provider on issues arising from AI and AI platforms, in both sell-side and buy-side transactions. Analyzed potential risks and outlined solutions to address issues related to: building transparency, auditability and (defensive) recordkeeping into AI tools; protecting algorithms, data sets, and intellectual property; techniques for protecting against allegations of bias/discrimination in AI tools, such as those arising in consumer and financial service; risk allocation and liability coverage; specialized regulatory and licensing regimes affecting AI applications; crafting terms to anticipate changes in regulation; and engaging directly with policymakers, government leaders, and independent standards bodies developing AI standards. (2018)

Wireline infrastructure for NCTA - The Internet & Television Association

Led development of the regulatory strategy, technical approach, and pleadings for the FCC’s “Wireline Infrastructure” rulemaking in which the FCC considered a variety of methods for accelerating broadband deployment. Proposed new approaches for broadband plant deployment; creative approaches to federal and state laws on line-of-service authorizations, franchising, and franchise fees to increase the services that may be carried via broadband infrastructure; elimination of duplicative local government requirements and fee assessments; reduction of barriers imposed by electric utilities; and broadening the availability of easements for use by communications networks; all within cable and broadband engineering requirements. (2017-2018)

Navigation Devices for NCTA - The Internet & Television Association, CableLabs and others

Assisted NCTA, CableLabs, cable MSOs, and others in the Federal Communications Commission’s many proceedings on the technical and business interfaces between multichannel networks, home domains, and consumer navigation, recording, and display devices. Led development of the regulatory strategy, technical approach, and pleadings for the FCC’s 2016 Rulemaking on Navigation Devices. Served as an appointed member of the FCC’s 2015 Downloadable Security Technology Advisory Committee (DSTAC). Assisted in obtaining Congressional repeal of the FCC’s integration ban in the STELA Reauthorization (STELAR) Act. (2013-2014) Handled rulemaking comments and ex partes leading to FCC revision of its CableCARD and set-top box output rules. (2010) Handled comments and ex partes in the FCC’s Notice of Inquiry proposing “AllVid.” (2010-2011) Facilitated the negotiations between the cable industry and the consumer electronics and IT industries, leading to the FCC’s “plug-and-play” regulations and technology licensing agreements with the consumer electronics industry. (2002-2009)

Innovative approaches to energy efficiency by MVPDs and ISPs

Assisted all major cable, satellite, and telephone providers in creating and managing nationwide voluntary agreements to advance energy efficiency in video equipment (2012-2017) and broadband equipment (2014-2017). The innovative voluntary agreement approach advances energy efficiency more rapidly, flexibly, and effectively than regulatory measures, assures the continued opportunity for rapid innovation in networks and devices, and was validated and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Next-generation downloadable security for cable MSOs

Assisted two major cable television MSOs in developing and deploying an innovative system of next-generation downloadable security and obtaining the FCC waivers necessary for its deployment. (2008-2015) Structured the architecture, governance, licensing, and other contracts required for the PolyCipher security architecture. (2004-2009)

Privacy requirements for advanced advertising platforms for interactive and advanced advertising vendors, cable MSOs

Developed “privacy by design” architectures and practices to meet federal, state, and business privacy requirements for advanced advertising, video, broadband and application platforms. Representation in privacy inquiries at FTC, Department of Commerce, FCC, and in developing federal privacy and data security legislation. (Ongoing) Represented a co-venture of major cable television operators in building a national platform for advanced advertising. (2005-2008)

Cybersecurity for cable MSOs

Consultation with federal security agencies on network and supply chain security. (2011-2012)

Expert witness for cable MSOs, fiber networks, and state cable and telecommunications associations

Frequently appears as an expert witness before State Public Service Commissions, state legislatures, and in court on a variety of cable telecommunications matters, such as rates, overbuilds, poles, and access to internet services. (Ongoing)

IP video and digital media for various MSOs and vendors

Advice on operational, regulatory, franchising, programming, security, copy protection, and interface requirements for delivery of commercial video content to tablets, 'Smart TVs,' IP-enabled devices, and home networks. (Ongoing)

Cable services to PCs for cable MSOs, NCTA, CableLabs

Negotiation of the cable industry agreement with Microsoft to deliver cable services securely to PCs. (2005-2007)

Cable reorganizations for cable MSO

Designed and executed the complex process for obtaining necessary regulatory consents to Chapter 11 reorganization of a major cable television operator involving the Federal Communications Commission, State Public Service Commissions, and more than 3,000 local and state cable franchises. (2009)

Office of Consumer Council v. Southern New England Tel. Co.

Order granting plaintiff's summary judgment; establishing that AT&T video programming service is cable service and that AT&T is a “cable operator” providing service over a “cable system” subject to franchising requirements applicable under the Federal Cable Act. (Vacated as moot after new legislation applied new franchise requirements to AT&T.) 515 F. Supp. 2d 269 (D. Conn. 2007) Read more

Set-top box litigation for cable MSOs

Provided advice to litigation counsel on set-top box and navigation device technologies and market.

Deployment of broadband and voice offerings for cable MSOs, NCTA, state cable, and telecommunications associations

Facilitated the economical deployment of coax, and then fiber, by successfully resisting pole attachment overcharges and abuses through key cases at the FCC and in the U.S. Courts of Appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more

Pole attachments for cable MSOs, NCTA

Handled rulemaking comments and ex partes leading to FCC revision of its pole attachment rules in 2011 to provide pole attachment rate parity between telecommunications providers and cable operators and to establish new rules to expedite make-ready. Outcome upheld by DC Circuit in 2013.

Cable diversification to non-video services for cable MSOs, state cable and telecommunications associations

Obtained the first FCC and court rulings allowing cable television operators to deliver telecommunications without losing their favorable status as 'cable.'

Network neutrality for cable MSOs

Engaged in FCC rulemaking concerning 'network neutrality' rules for internet service providers, including nondiscrimination obligations, limits on network management techniques, and disclosure requirements. Represented major cable television companies to help shape these complex regulations which affect network operations, the business relations between the 'edge' and core of the internet, and innovation. Assisted MSOs with compliance, including new net neutrality 'transparency' notices.

Cable television and telecommunications law and policy for cable MSOs, NCTA, and state cable and telecommunications associations

Since 1978, working with major cable companies and cable associations on legal, regulatory, and strategic issues that have emerged as the industry has developed. Work includes rates, copyright and signal carriage, franchising, the 1984 and 1992 Cable Acts, the 1996 Telecommunications Act, state telecommunications legislation, digital rights management, pole attachments, and privacy.

State 'level-playing field' franchise law for state cable and telecommunications associations

Along with the Florida Cable Telecommunications Association team, negotiated and wrote the first state 'level-playing field' franchise law.

Additional Qualifications

  • Partner, Cole, Raywid & Braverman LLP, Washington, D.C., 1984-2006
  • Attorney, Hogan & Hartson LLP, 1978-1984

Professional & Community Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Tower Club, Southern Cable Telecommunications Association
  • Past Chairman, Board of Directors; currently General Counsel, Tahirih Justice Center
  • Chairman, Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Alexandria, Va.
  • Former Board Member, Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington
  • Former Secretary, City of Alexandria Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Planning Committee

Professional Recognition

  • Named as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite: Regulatory (District of Columbia) by Chambers USA, 2008-2018
  • Selected to "Washington D.C. Super Lawyers" in Communications and Information Technology/Outsourcing, Thomson Reuters, 2010, 2013-2018
  • Named a "Top Lawyer" by Cablefax, 2018
  • Cable Center, selected for Oral and Video history collection, 2016
  • Vanguard Award, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, 2006
  • Inductee, Cable Pioneers, 2004
  • Tower Club, Southern Cable Telecommunications Association, 1989
  • John R. Calvetti Memorial Award, Cable Telecommunications Association of Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, 2001
  • President’s Award, Cable Telecommunications Association of Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, 1990
"Deeply knowledgeable on the issues at hand and understands the practical implications for our companies." -Chambers USA 2018