Nov. 12: DC Radio Hosts Spectrum Expert Lazarus On FCC, Alabama Writer Shuler On Scandal

Mitchell Lazarus

Mitchell Lazarus

Washington attorney and author Mitchell Lazarus proposed on the Nov. 12 DC Update edition of My Technology Lawyer Radio ways that the new Obama FCC can foster economic growth.  The radio show is available via the Listen Live! link here, which includes an archive of past shows.

Also, Alabama legal journalist Roger Shuler provided an update on the state’s reaction to explosive statements by Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Johnson that current Gov. Bob Riley received millions of dollars in campaign funds from Mississippi gambling interests in 2002.  The payments were reputedly via lobbyist Jack Abramoff, helping narrowly defeat Democratic incumbent Don Siegelman, who was later convicted on corruption charges in a controversial case.  The new stories are here and here.

Regarding regulatory delays and the economy, Lazarus published an article in the prestigious IEEE Spectrum Magazine and filed comments with the FCC this fall suggesting ways that the Commission’s oversight of new technologies could be quickened to enable new technologies and job growth. 

Lazarus drew from his 25 years of practice before the Commission in making his proposals.  The suggestions were in his regulatory filing here and his Sept. 30 Spectrum article here, entitled, “Radio’s Regulatory Roadblocks: How the FCC Slows New Wireless Technologies – and What To Do About It.”  Also, Lazarus publishes on a wide range of competitive and regulatory topics on his law firm’s CommLawBlog, which is available here.

The FCC, with three of its five members newly confirmed after nomination by President Obama, requested suggestions this fall for improving its regulatory practices.  The filing by Lazarus argued:

Requests to approve a benign technology should be granted quickly.  They are not. Nowadays a rulemaking typically takes 2-5 years, and a waiver, about two years, even for harmless technologies.  These delays are an obstacle to innovation.  Often a radically new technology comes from a small, privately-funded start-up.  Its only product may be the one awaiting Commission approval.  These companies may lack the resources to survive a lengthy FCC proceeding.

Update is co-hosted by the show’s founder and business radio pioneer Scott Draughon and by Washington commentator Andrew Kreig, who co-chairs with Lazarus the Fixed Wireless Communications Coalition.  The hosts begin the show with an update on Washington policy news affecting the nation’s business, politics and quality of life.  Update radio listeners can call in questions by email:  As listener advisories: Mac computer users need the tool “Parallels” to hear a Windows Media Player.

About Mitchell Lazarus

Mitchell Lazarus, a partner at Fletcher, Heald and Hildreth, specializes in the regulation of new telecommunications technologies, and has helped many manufacturers and service providers obtain FCC approval for innovative products and services. Recent work has included extensive regulatory involvement in unlicensed radio technologies, including ultra-wideband and various forms of Wi-Fi, along with radio-based security systems, software-defined and cognitive radios, millimeter-wave technologies, and broadband-over-power-line. Lazarus holds a law degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from McGill University and MIT, respectively, and a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from MIT. He has published five books and monographs and dozens of shorter works on educational issues, in addition to many articles on telecom. Contact:  Founded in 1936, Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth provides comprehensive legal services in the field of telecommunications. Details:

About the Roger Shuler and Legal Schnauzer

Roger Shuler is editor and publisher of the law-oriented Alabama website Legal Schnauzer.  Roger Shuler graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in journalism, and joined the Birmingham Post Herald, where he worked for 11 years.  Later, he worked at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in various editorial positions for 19 years until May 2008.  In June 2007 as a personal project, he created the Legal Schnauzer to be an independent web-based publication focusing on Alabama and national news.  Shuler has written extensively about the Don Siegelman case in Alabama and the Paul Minor case in Mississippi.  Details:


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3 Responses to “Nov. 12: DC Radio Hosts Spectrum Expert Lazarus On FCC, Alabama Writer Shuler On Scandal”

  1. Forest Decardenas Says:

    Have you ever considered adding more videos to your blog posts to keep the readers more entertained? I mean I just read through the entire article of yours and it was quite good but since I’m more of a visual learner,I found that to be more helpful well let me know how it turns out. Keep up the great works guys I’ve added you guys to my blogroll. This is a great article thanks for sharing this informative information.. I will visit your blog regularly for some latest post.

    • Andrew Kreig Says:

      Dear Forest:
      Thanks for your kind words and great advice! I’m in the process of changing to a new and much more interactive and video-oriented platform as you suggest in the next couple of weeks that will highlight several explosive new stories. Please stay tuned.

    • Andrew Kreig Says:

      Hi Forest:
      In rsponse to your welcome comment about using videos, I’ve launched a new organization called the Justice Integrity Project that has a number of powerful videos illustrating its themes at Thanks for the tip!

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