6 Tips For FCC Ex Parte Visits

By Margaret Harding McGill (June 26, 2015, 2:35 PM EDT) -- Much like heading into a courtroom with a particularly vocal judge, ex parte meetings with Federal Communications Commission staffers and officials require plenty of preparation and the nimble thinking necessary to respond to rapid-fire questions, experts said.

The ex parte visits, which are subsequently memorialized in the public docket, also offer opportunities to both build a case and glean information on the way the agency views an issue. An ex parte is a communication, whether written or in person, with FCC officials and staff meant to advocate or discuss an issue, and can help guide the FCC's thinking on a topic. The...

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