Case Studies

Long-term Communications Counsel to Seattle


In our decade-long counsel to the City of Seattle, our representation on various communications law issues includes: 

  • Renewal of Comcast Communication's cable franchise
  • Renewal of Millennium Digital Media cable franchise and subsequent transfer of control
  • Creation of “Arts Zone” funding agreement for a public, educational, and governmental (PEG) channel
  • Establishing a trademark for “Arts Zone”
  • Drafting fiber construction agreements for the city
  • Counsel in an 800 MHz rebanding proceeding with the FCC and Sprint Nextel
  • Resolving a 2012 transfer and bankruptcy action involving Broadstripe Communications, which resulted in a $750,000 settlement for the city
  • Redrafting the Code of Ordinances related to the city’s regulation of cable and communications services

Seattle's population exceeds 500,000, and cable operators serve nearly 200,000 subscribers.  Moss & Barnett attorneys worked closely with the city attorney’s office and Seattle’s Department of Information and Technology to negotiate successful solutions on behalf of the city.