Interactive Counsel

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Interactive Counsel

Adam D. Bowser

Adam Bowser, Associate at Arent Fox LLP
Adam D. Bowser
Associate
Washington, DC
202.857.6126

Adam's practice focuses on complex litigation in federal and state courts, including class action trials and appeals, as well as related advocacy before administrative agencies in rulemaking and enforcement proceedings. Adam has been recognized as a Washington, DC Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in Communications Law every year since 2014 and he has recently won several notable victories for clients brought into class-action litigation arising out of consumer-protection and privacy laws, particularly the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). As part of his deep expertise in consumer protection laws, Adam regularly advises clients across industries on privacy compliance and risk mitigation strategies.

Adam serves as outside general counsel to CLECs, platform operators, and API providers specializing in the growing VoIP and text messaging markets, and as part of that role, Adam guides companies through the federal and state regulatory process, tax and privacy law, intercarrier compensation issues, and negotiates and drafts communications-related contracts, including interconnection agreements, commercial agreements, and tariffs. Adam routinely represents these cutting-edge and emerging communications companies before the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission in various rulemaking proceedings to advocate for a level playing field for these entrepreneurial companies.

Adam also advises carriers, advanced communications service providers and equipment manufacturers on regulatory compliance issues concerning telecommunications and energy-efficiency regulations before the FCC, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Energy and comparable state regulatory agencies, as well as counseling clients in related rulemaking proceedings.

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Blog Posts by Adam D. Bowser

Privacy & Security
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FCC Adopts Broadband Privacy Rules And Signals Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Are Next In Its Crosshairs

At its monthly Open Meeting on October 27, the Federal Communications Commission adopted, but has not yet released, new privacy rules requiring retail broadband providers to offer consumers more choice over how their personal information is used. Under the new rules, which were approved on a party-line 3-2 vote, the level of consent required from the consumer will be measured against the sensitivity of the data. The FCC stated that it attempted to develop a privacy framework “in line with the approaches taken by other privacy frameworks, including the FTC’s and the Administration’s Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.”

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Privacy & Security
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Consumer Watchdogs Attack Cable Companies’ Privacy Practices, Bark at Privacy Cops

Consumer advocate groups--Public Knowledge, Consumer Watchdog, Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Action, TURN-The Utility Reform Network and Consumer Federation of America—recently filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and a petition with the Federal Communications Commission against AT&T, Cablevision, and Comcast, citing privacy-related offenses. The FTC complaint notes the companies’ failure to adequately disclose the extent of their consumer data use and sharing, arguing that their use of customer data without appropriate disclosures and without opt-in consent amounts to an “unfair and deceptive” practice in violation of the Federal Trade Commission Act. The FCC petition, on the other hand, asserts that the cable and satellite providers fail to adequately obtain customer consent prior to collection and use of such data, in violation of federal law.

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Mobile Marketing, Payment Processing, Electronic Fund Transfers & Mobile Payments, Advertising
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AT&T Mobility to Pay $105 Million in Mobile Cramming Settlement

Yesterday, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler, and two state attorneys general representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia held a press conference to announce a significant enforcement action against AT&T Mobility for unlawfully billing customers for unauthorized third-party charges, also known as “cramming.”

At the press conference, the officials announced a $105 million settlement with AT&T to resolve state and federal mobile cramming investigations. AT&T will pay $80 million to the FTC, which will administer refunds to consumers, $20 million in penalties to the 50 states and DC, and $5 million in penalties to the FCC. This is the largest cramming settlement and largest FCC enforcement action in history.

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