J. Christopher Redding

Of Counsel

Washington, D.C.
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Overview

Christopher Redding focuses his practice on communications and media law, with more than 38 years of experience in regulatory, corporate and litigation matters relating to the cable and broadband communications business. He counsels clients in a variety of areas including FCC, state and local legislative and regulatory proceedings and policies, licensing and compliance issues, content distribution, media and intellectual property rights, and operational and transactional contract negotiations and disputes. Christopher’s extensive knowledge of cable and broadband communications operations and related legal issues has given him the opportunity to appear on convention panels, as well as conduct seminars and management conferences for clients.

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  • Prepares and negotiates commercial contracts for cable and broadband systems, including programming and retransmission agreements, pole attachment and conduit agreements, fiber lease and sharing agreements, back-haul transport agreements, telecommunications service agreements, municipal franchise agreements, easement and building access agreements, and commercial leased access agreements.
  • Assists in strategic planning for the provision of existing cable and broadband communications services and the introduction of new products and services.
  • Provides advice on cable television copyright issues under the Copyright Act of 1976, as amended, and develops client strategies and responses to inquiries and demands from the United States Copyright Office, television broadcast stations and copyright owners.
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Experience

  • Prepares and negotiates commercial contracts for cable and broadband systems, including programming and retransmission agreements, pole attachment and conduit agreements, fiber lease and sharing agreements, back-haul transport agreements, telecommunications service agreements, municipal franchise agreements, easement and building access agreements, and commercial leased access agreements.
  • Assists in strategic planning for the provision of existing cable and broadband communications services and the introduction of new products and services.
  • Provides advice on cable television copyright issues under the Copyright Act of 1976, as amended, and develops client strategies and responses to inquiries and demands from the United States Copyright Office, television broadcast stations and copyright owners.
  • Provides counseling on federal, state and local communications laws and regulations impacting cable television and broadband clients and develops strategies for solving regulatory compliance issues raised by clients’ past and proposed activities.
  • Serves as special counsel to communications companies and financial institutions that require specific communications regulatory expertise in the context of transactions, securities offerings and other communications projects that have regulatory implications.
  • Prepares and negotiates on behalf of cable television client’s program carriage and distribution agreements with program producers and other video program distributors.
  • Defended with local counsel a cable television operator in a lawsuit filed in a United States District Court by a local access program producer who challenged the cable operator's contractual requirements for carriage of the producer's video programming under FCC regulations. An appeal of the District Court's dismissal of the program producer's complaint was subsequently dismissed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit after a settlement was reached by the parties. 
  • Defended with local counsel a cable television operator in various class action lawsuits brought in both state and federal district courts in North Dakota by various local property owners who challenged the cable operator's use of rights-of-way for installation of fiber-optic communications facilities. The United States District Court for the District of North Dakota denied class certification and granted partial summary judgment for the cable operator, holding that the local government's authorization for the operator's installation of fiber-optic facilities constituted a cable television franchise under federal law and that the operator was entitled under federal law to utilize governmental easements for the construction and operation of the cable operator's systems. As a result of this decision, the plaintiffs declined to pursue their individual cases, which subsequently were dismissed.
  • Initiated an administrative complaint proceeding at a state public utilities commission (PUC) challenging an electric utility’s proposed 87 percent rate increase for pole attachments made by cable operators and telecommunications carriers in the state, and successfully appealed an administrative law judge’s dismissal of the complaint resulting in a 5-0 decision by the PUC. After the reversal of the dismissal, the parties engaged in discovery that involved numerous discovery disputes requiring multiple pleadings to compel discovery and submission of prepared direct and rebuttal expert testimony. An evidentiary hearing was held, and multiple post-hearing briefs were filed. The matter is currently under consideration by the assigned ALJ and will be reviewed further by the PUC.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2016 to 2019)
    • Washington, D.C.: Communications Law

Memberships

  • Federal Communications Bar Association 
  • District of Columbia Bar Association 
  • Oklahoma Bar Association

Prior Positions

  • Dow Lohnes (1981 to 2013) 
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable William J. Holloway Jr., U.S. Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit (1979 to 1981)

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • District of Columbia, 1981
  • Oklahoma, 1979

Education

  • J.D., University of Tulsa College of Law, 1979, Order of the Curule Chair; Tulsa Law Journal, Notes and Comments Editor; Member of Moot Court Board
  • B.A., Duke University, 1974