Christopher A. Canter

Christopher A. Canter

Associate and Compliance Division Counsel

703.714.1308 (telephone)
703.714.1330 (fax)

cac@commlawgroup.com
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Mr. Canter serves as the lead attorney for the firm’s Compliance Division, through which the firm manages regulatory compliance for licensed wireline and wireless telecommunications and VoIP service providers. In this role, Mr. Canter combines his in-depth knowledge of regulatory and legal matters with his background in Internet technology development to assist telecommunications providers maintain full compliance with federal, state, and international laws and regulations.

Since joining the firm, Mr. Canter has developed an expertise in matters involving regulatory licensing, compliance and transactional matters, and litigation before the Federal Communications Commission and state regulatory commissions. Mr. Canter is also experienced with telemarketing compliance issues and representing digital age enterprises with a variety of Intellectual Property matters across a broad spectrum of media.

Mr. Canter’s legal education and previous employment has afforded him wide exposure to telecommunications matters such as VoIP, broadband deployment, digital rights management, and advanced content deployment over IP platforms. Mr. Canter graduated with a certificate from the Columbus School of Law’s Institute for Communications Law Studies, a program devoted to the specialized training of select students in a body of regulatory law specifically related to the modern communications industry.

During law school, Mr. Canter worked at the Department of Justice advising attorneys on complex legal issues involving First Amendment legislation, regulation of Internet pornography, executive privilege for government officers, and litigation against government regulatory agencies.

Mr. Canter was also employed in the general counsel’s office and government relations department at PBS (the Public Broadcasting System). At PBS, Mr. Canter was in charge of addressing Congressional legislative initiatives and FCC regulatory compliance, focusing on content management and distribution of programming through emerging digital/IP technologies. Mr. Canter also assisted counsel with intellectual property issues, such as trademark litigation and digital rights management.

Prior to PBS, Mr. Canter interned in the Competition Policy Division of the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau. During his internship, Mr. Canter was deeply involved with the Triennial Review Remand Order affecting CLECs, federal preemption of VoIP regulation through the Vonage Order, Universal Service Fund contribution, and incentives for broadband deployment. Before interning at the FCC, Mr. Canter participated in lobbying efforts at the Commission and Congress on behalf of the Telecommunications Industry Association, the leading association of telecommunications equipment manufacturers.

In addition to his educational and professional background in communications law, Mr. Canter has experience in Internet application development and computer programming. Before law school, Mr. Canter was the senior online editor for Road & Track, Car and Driver and Cycle World magazines. Mr. Canter continues to be active in computer programming associations and develops Internet applications in his spare time.

Mr. Canter also has experience in film production, having worked professionally on several independent feature films and documentaries, a nationally broadcast live music television show, and numerous music videos for major artists. Mr. Canter helped run the DC Independent Film Festival for five years and continues to produce independent films and videos for emerging artists. Mr. Canter counsels established and emerging film and music artists on legal issues involving the digital marketplace.

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Representative Experience

  • Manages processes and staff in the firm’s regulatory consulting affiliate, TheCommpliance Group (www.CommplianceGroup.com), which offers a variety of managed and self-service regulatory compliance services to companies operating in the regulated telecommunications industry.
  • Supervise team of regulatory specialists providing consulting services to a variety of telecommunications service providers.
  • Developed, program, and manage web-based compliance management software solution to accurately track, monitor, and file regulatory reports on behalf of firm clients.
  • Represent telecommunications clients, including emerging and established VoIP companies, prepaid calling card providers, telecommunications equipment manufacturers, wholesale IP-transport providers, CLECs, before Federal and State regulatory agencies, Federal and State court, and private arbitration proceedings.
  • Expert on federal regulatory matters concentrating on: state and federal licensing, CALEA, VoIP, prepaid calling card and payphone regulation, Truth-in-Billing, Do-Not-Call and telemarketing, disability access, Universal Service Fund reporting and compliance, CPNI and confidential data protection, and interconnection agreements.
  • Provide legal advice to clients on registration, protection, licensing, enforcement, and defense of intellectual property associated with technology and internet.
  • Represent leading telecommunications equipment manufacturers’ positions on VoIP, Fiber-to-the-Home, and CALEA before the Senate Commerce Committee and the FCC.
  • Participated in standards licensing working groups for CALEA, VoIP, and wireless carriers.
  • Advised clients on state and federal telemarketing laws and regulations and developed comprehensive compliance solutions for telemarketing activities.
  • Drafted licensing agreements, terms of service, data protection policies, privacy statements, and website compliance guides for internet service providers, telecommunications carriers, and online retailers.
  • Expert on digital copyright issues including DCMA take-downs and protection of online content including music and videos.
  • Counseled established and emerging filmmakers on intellectual property matters including content licensing, copyright and trademark issues, and digital distribution agreements.

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Practices

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Education

Mr. Canter has B.F.A. in film/television production from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts and a J.D. with a certificate in telecommunications law from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University.

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Admissions

Mr. Canter is admitted to practice in the State and Maryland and the District of Columbia and is a member of the bar for United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. Mr. Canter is also an active member in the Federal Communications Bar Association, New York Chapter.

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