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Harold Feld
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Harold is Public Knowledge’s Legal Director. He is responsible for managing and mentoring PK’s growing legal team and acting as lead attorney for issues before the Federal Communications Commission and the courts. He is also lead attorney for the Public Interest Spectrum Coalition, of which PK is a proud member.

Before becoming Legal Director at Public Knowledge, Harold worked as Senior Vice President of Media Access Project, advocating for the public interest in media, telecommunications and technology policy for almost 10 years. Prior to joining MAP, Feld was an associate at Covington & Burling, worked on Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, and accountability issues at the Department of Energy, and clerked for the D.C. Court of Appeals. He received his B.A. from Princeton University, and his J.D. from Boston University Law School. Harold also writes Tales of the Sausage Factory, a progressive blog on media and telecom policy. In 2007, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin praised him and his blog for “[doing] a lot of great work helping people understand how FCC decisions affect people and communities on the ground.”

Blog Entries by Harold Feld

Europe's ACTA Freak Out: How Hollywood Holds Back the Trade Agenda

Posted February 17, 2012 | 02/17/12 12:35 PM ET

For years, Hollywood has used the negotiation of international trade agreements to push for heavy regulation of the Internet in the name of "fighting online piracy." As a general rule, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the non-Hollywood industry trade associations (with the notable exception of the tech industry)...

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DoJ Says "No Ma Cell"; What Happens Next?

Posted September 1, 2011 | 09/01/11 02:38 PM ET

In what is undoubtedly the best Labor Day present the Department of Justice ever gave America, DOJ has filed to block the AT&T/T-Mobile merger in court. One should not, however, expect AT&T to give up easily. Indeed, AT&T has already said it will fight the DoJ...

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The Fox TV/Cablevision Fight, and How The FCC Can Find Its 'Man Pants.'

Posted October 27, 2010 | 10/27/10 05:25 PM ET

I feel a good deal of sympathy for FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski over the ongoing fight between Fox and Cablevision. My brother the educator likes to say that "responsibility without authority is trauma." Or, in other words, if you are responsible for something but don't actually have the authority to...

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What Congressional Dems Have To Fear If The FCC Bungles Net Neutrality.

Posted August 20, 2010 | 08/20/10 07:18 PM ET

I am neither surprised nor outraged at the recent news that members of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC) are picking up where the FCC "secret meetings" left off and trying to come up with a net neutrality consensus framework. To me, it seems rather sad and funny. My...

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Baucus Proposes Cutting Broadband Build Out to Fund Tax Credits: Cut Programs That Create Jobs to Fund What Doesn't?

Posted July 6, 2010 | 07/06/10 03:24 PM ET

Politicians, news reporters, and now voters have become obsessed with deficit reduction. Unfortunately, this "deficit cutting fever" now threatens the money previously allocated for the broadband stimulus programs. For those unfamiliar with this program, the President announced today that the latest grant awards of $795 million would be...

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Rep. Mike Doyle Shows Washington How To Stand Up For What's Right

Posted May 28, 2010 | 05/28/10 08:41 AM ET

Americans For Prosperity (AFP) has been running ads against network neutrality in Mike Doyle's (D-PA) district in Pittsburgh. Doyle's response? A letter to FCC Chairman Genachowski telling him to ignore faux populist FUD from AFP, hold firm, and move full speed ahead to protect consumers while

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How Democrats Undercut Themselves: Ambassador Phil Verveer Undermines His Boss and Her Boss While Schmoozing At Think Tank Lunch

Posted March 18, 2010 | 03/18/10 04:20 PM ET

Want to know why the Obama Administration can't seem to get its "messaging" together? Consider the recent case of The Hon. Phil Verveer, who managed to echo a set of Republican attack bullets at an event at the Media Institute, a think tank funded by big...

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If Comcast and NBC CEOs Will Fib to Congress, How Do You Trust Them About Broadband's Future?

Posted February 5, 2010 | 02/05/10 03:53 PM ET

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and NBC CEO Jeff Zucker went in front of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust and Competition and the House Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications to defend their proposed merger. And while "">Say Anything" was actually produced by competitor 20th Century Fox, that seemed...

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Where Does Comcast/NBC Rate On The "Trade Association Scale"?

Posted December 3, 2009 | 12/03/09 09:45 PM ET

As a longtime Washington lobbyist (albeit on the "white hat" consumer advocate side) I propose a new metric for measuring antitrust impact of mergers, the uniquely Washington "Trade Association Scale." How many trade associations/lobbying groups will you qualify for after the merger? If the number is too high, that shows...

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