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Can Broadband Save the World?

Contributed by: Samantha Irons
Published: Monday, 22 March 2010 10:00 AM
Please join us for our next installment of the David Letterman Distinguished Professional Lecture and Workshop Series:

“Can Broadband Save the World?”
Stuart N. Brotman, J. D., Visiting Distinguished Professor of Emerging Media

March 24, 7:30pm, AJ 175


“Since 1984, Stuart N. Brotman has served as President of Stuart N. Brotman Communications, a global consulting firm based in Lexington, Massachusetts. He served as President of its predecessor firm, Communication Strategies Inc., from 1981-84. As a senior management adviser for domestic and international telecommunications, Internet, media, entertainment and sports industry clients, he has worked on merger and acquisition projects totaling $150 billion and on litigation matters with over $2 billion in damage claims.


During the Carter Administration, Mr. Brotman served as Special Assistant to the President's principal communications policy adviser and Chief of Staff at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in Washington, DC. In this capacity, he served as a liaison to the White House, Congress, the FCC, the FTC, the Department of Justice, other government agencies, private industry, academic and research organizations, the legal community and the press.


At Harvard Law School, he became the first person ever appointed to the Harvard Law School faculty to teach telecommunications and its first Research Fellow in Entertainment and Media Law. He also served as the first concurrent fellow in digital media at Harvard and MIT, at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and the Program on Comparative Media Studies, respectively.

Brotman is the first Telecommunications Fellow of the Eisenhower Fellowships program, which included residence in Budapest, Hungary during the tenth anniversary of telecommunications privatization. He also has served as an Information Technology Fellow in the International Communications Studies Program at The Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC and as an Academic Fellow at Tel Aviv University’s Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies. He previously taught from 1990-97 at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where he also served as a Senior Fellow at The Fletcher School's Edward R. Murrow Center for International Communications and as an adviser to Fletcher's Program on International Information and Communication.

At the Boston University School of Law from 1990-98, Brotman served as a member of the nation's largest intellectual property law faculty, teaching the only advanced seminar on entertainment law offered at any American law school. Under appointment by the United States Library of Congress, he also served as one of 50 intellectual property experts on the Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel that was convened to resolve disputes regarding copyright fees to be paid by cable television companies to producers of film and video programming.

As a Senior Fellow of The Annenberg Washington Program in Communications Policy Studies from 1988-94, Brotman directed major research projects on negotiation and communications policymaking, the Executive Branch and the communications policy process, the Americans with Disabilities Act's telecommunications provisions and the implementation of the Television Decoder Circuitry Act. He also served as Director of The Annenberg Washington Program's Winter Faculty Workshops on domestic and international communications.

Brotman has written over 300 articles and reviews on business, technology, policy, history, negotiation, law, regulation and international trade that have appeared in scholarly and professional publications, including Broadcasting, Cable Communications Magazine, Communications Week, Electronic Media, Journal of Communication, The National Law Journal, Network World, Satellite Communications, Technology Review and Telecommunications; in law reviews published at Berkeley, Boston University, Hastings, Michigan, and UCLA; and in The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, The Journal of Commerce, The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report and The Washington Post.

He is the editor of The Telecommunications Deregulation Sourcebook, a popular reference volume covering the broadcasting, cable television and telephone industries; Telephone Company and Cable Television Competition, a pioneering anthology dealing with technical, economic and regulatory aspects of broadband networks; and the author of Broadcasters Can Negotiate Anything, a best-selling management education book for radio and television executives published by the National Association of Broadcasters. He also is the author of Communications Law and Practice, the leading comprehensive treatise covering domestic and international common carrier and mass media regulation, now in its 27th edition.

Brotman has testified before the US Congress and the FCC, and in federal and state trials as an expert witness. He is a frequent industry analyst for leading newspapers and magazines, including Fortune, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Time, and The Wall Street Journal; and for Telecommunications Reports, the leading weekly publication on the telephone industry and Variety, the leading entertainment industry trade publication. He also has provided commentary on communications, information and entertainment industry developments for ABC's World News This Morning, NBC's Today Show and NPR's Morning Edition. He appears frequently as a featured speaker at major industry conferences in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Brotman is a member of the State Bar of California, the Bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the American Bar Association and the Federal Communications Bar Association. From 1992-95, he served as Chairman of the International Communications Committee, Section of International Law and Practice, American Bar Association. He also is the former Co-Chairman of the American Bar Association’s International Legal Education Committee. From 1992-96, he served as counsel to two major international law firms, Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts and Morrison & Foerster.

He served as a founding member of the Board of Editors of The Federal Communications Law Journal, and on the Editorial Advisory Boards of the High Technology Law Journal and the Transnational Data and Communications Report. Currently, he serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of EuroWatch; the International Journal of Communications Law and Policy; The Journal of Biolaw & Business; and the Journal of Science and Technology Law.

In 2004, he became the first American named as an Honorary Member of the China Television Broadcasters Association. Brotman also is listed in Who's Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who's Who in Finance and Industry and Who's Who in the World. He is a recipient of the Northwestern University Alumni Merit Award for distinguished professional achievement.”

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