About Pantelis Michalopoulos

Pantelis Michalopoulos is the head of Steptoe & Johnson LLP's Regulated Industries “Supergroup” and co-head of the Regulatory and Legislative Department. His practice covers the entire span of telecommunications, media and Internet law and regulation. On behalf of a number of clients, he has argued and won, in full or in part, four landmark cases that have helped shape the Internet and online video industries. Representing the consumers and the American Libraries Association, he argued in the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit against the FCC's "broadcast flag" requirement, which would have prevented the Internet redistribution of High Definition television content. The court struck this rule down in 2005. In 2012, on behalf of EchoStar, he successfully argued in the same court in favour of setting aside the FCC’s “plug-and-play” rules. Alongside the FCC, he has represented the Internet industry in the two DC Circuit net-neutrality cases, winning the first one (Verizon v FCC, 2014) on the key question of jurisdiction, and winning the second one (USTA v FCC, 2016) in its entirety. He has also successfully helped clients oppose the attempted merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, and obtain significant favourable actions under the International Radio Regulations, and at the 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference in Geneva. He has contributed to numerous publications relating to the practice of TMT law.

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