Andrew Jay Schwartzman


Benton Senior Counselor

Institute for Public Representation, Georgetown Law Center, and regular Digital Beat contributor.

To develop a new generation of media and telecommunications activists, Andy mentors law students to represent civil rights, civil liberties, media justice, religious, and other organizations (including Benton) before the Federal Communications Commission, other government agencies, and the courts. Among other issues, focuses on: 1) retaining broadcast ownership rules to ensure diversity and localism; 2) enhancing transparency by obtaining, expanding and enforcing online access to station public files and identifying the true sponsors of political ads; 3) driving down the high cost of prison phone rates; 4) maintaining 2015’s network neutrality rules; 5) reforming and modernizing the Universal Service Fund Lifeline program which subsidizes the connectivity needs of low-income Americans; 6) protecting consumer privacy and enforcing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act; 7) representing low power FM stations on FCC license authorization; and 8) enforcing disability access, including closed captioning.

Andrew's Articles:

Our Day in Court (with Adrianne B. Furniss)

Opening Day at the Court of Appeals

Net Neutrality in the Courts: Two Cases, Two Courts; The One You Have Been Following, And The One You May Have Forgotten About

What To Expect When You're Expecting an Antitrust Trial

Can You Help Out The President By Challenging NBC’s License?

The Supreme Court Establishes A First Amendment Framework For Social Media

Beware: The UHF Discount Is Rising From The Dead

Why Radical Deregulation Is Happening So Fast At The FCC

Broadband Over Power Lines -- We Really Mean It This Time

Stingray 101: How Law Enforcement Agencies And, Perhaps, Anyone Else, Can And Do Intercept Cell Phone Calls

Globalstar's Christmas Present

The Most Important Part of the Telecommunications Business You Probably Don't Know About

The Trump FCC’s Toolkit For Deregulating Media and Telecommunications

Network Neutrality: Now What?

Can We Get Better Wi-Fi Without Jeopardizing Traffic Safety?

Can The FCC Protect Internet Subscribers’ Online Privacy?

Tom Wheeler In The Home Stretch

Sisyphus, We’re Still Waiting

Lifeline Reform Reaches the Home Stretch

A Guide To Broadcasters’ Obligations During Election Campaigns

How the Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission Regulate Media Company Acquisitions

Will Rick Santorum Be The Next Host Of Saturday Night Live?

Finishing The Job On Prison Phone Calls

What Is “Advanced Telecommunications Capability” And Why Does The FCC Examine It?

Net Neutrality – An Update

Tom Wheeler - The Halftime Report

Lifeline - Where Did It Come From?

Does The Net Neutrality Decision Impose Rate Regulation?

The Legal Underpinnings Of The IP Transition

So They’re Voting On Network Neutrality, But What Happens Next?

Will The FCC Zero-out Zero-ratings in Net Neutrality Decision?

The Sale of the Century? How the FCC Plans to Sell Off Part of the TV Band

Congress and the FCC: An Uneasy Relationship

FCC Monday Morning Quarterbacks the Sports Blackout Rule

What Is All This Talk About 'Forbearance?'

The Legal Underpinnings Of The Prison Phone Call Debate

The Question of Preemption: The FCC Considers Lifting Municipal Broadband Restrictions

Unlicensed Spectrum: The Challenge and the Opportunity

The FCC's Sisyphean Task

Understanding Broadcasters v. Aereo

A Primer on Political Speech and Broadcasting

Here’s How The Government Handles A Deal Like Comcast/Time Warner Cable

Did Congress Empower the FCC to Regulate the Internet? Appeals Court Says ‘Yes’

Andrew Jay Schwartzman