Mark Palchick & Rebecca Jacobs on The FCC's 2015 Open Internet Report and Order (PDF)

The FCC's 2015 Open Internet Order seeks to re-classify Internet providers as subject to Title II common carrier provisions of the Communications Act. The new rules are designed to protect what the FCC calls the "virtuous cycle" of the Internet.
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The FCC's 2015 Open Internet Order seeks to re-classify Internet providers as subject to Title II common carrier provisions of the Communications Act. The new rules are designed to protect what the FCC calls the "virtuous cycle" of the Internet. The rules cover the entire ecosystem of broadband Internet service from edge provider through Internet provider to ultimate consumer, and also cover mobile Internet providers.


Mark J. Palchick


Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, Washington, D.C.


Mark Palchick has been an attorney in the communications field since 1975. He is experienced in matters relating to international copyright, negotiations of program affiliation agreements, E-rate funding, pole attachment matters, interconnection agreements between private carriers and other FCC regulatory matters. In 2013 he was honored by the Cable Television Industry and inducted into the Cable Pioneers.


Mark currently represents competitive telecommunication providers and cable television operators in the Caribbean, cable television group owners in the United State, and E-rate vendors and local school districts. He has been active in the advancement of the legalization of satellite program


carriage throughout the Caribbean. He assists cable television operators in the negotiation of program affiliation agreements and was responsible for creating the Caribbean Cable Cooperative, a buying cooperative for the acquisition of cable television program services by Caribbean cable television operators. His work with local school districts and E-rate vendors has made it possible for school districts to obtain millions of dollars in E-Rate funding from the federal government.


Mr. Palchick began his career as an attorney with the Federal Communications Commission’s Cable Television Bureau. He has served as General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of Cablevision Industries, Inc., a major multiple system cable operator, and as Policy Advisor and Legal Counsel to the National Telecommunications & Information Administration, a government think tank designed to advise the White House on communications policy matters. Mr. Palchick was an Adjunct Professor of Law for over twenty years at The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University where he taught courses on the regulation of communications and telecommunications. In 2014, Mr. Palchick was named one of the Telecom industry’s nine “Dealmakers—Lawyers Who Make Cable Deals Legal” by Multichannel News magazine.


Mark also serves as legal advisor to the National Down Syndrome Society.


Rebecca E. Jacobs


Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, Washington, D.C.


Rebecca Jacobs has a comprehensive communications law practice, guiding clients in media law, Internet, telecom, cable and privacy/data protection matters.


She counsels communications industry clients in negotiating contracts and complex business transactions, as well as helping them resolve disputes and regulatory challenges. Her clients include cable operators, broadband service providers and telecommunications companies.


Rebecca has extensive experience in E-Rate (Universal Service Administration Company Schools and Libraries Program) and Cable Compulsory License matters. She also guides businesses in Telephone Consumer Protection Act issues, as well as pole attachments, and program carriage issues and the negotiation of fiber leases and indefeasible rights of use.


In addition, Rebecca works with Womble Carlyle’s Privacy and Data Protection Team to help clients protect confidential information, including trade secrets, customer data and company records.


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