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Michael B. Hazzard

Michael Hazzard, Partner at Arent Fox LLP
Michael B. Hazzard
Washington, DC

Michael B. Hazzard is a partner in the Communications, Technology & Mobile Group. He is an internationally recognized legal and policy expert in the application of law and regulation to evolving technological deployment models involving cloud communications, Software as a Service, and mobile applications. Mike is one a select few lawyers with the breadth and depth of experience to represent emerging communications companies’ multiple legal verticals, including corporate formation, deal negotiations, government investigation, regulatory policy, and federal court litigation.

Client Work

Mike counsels companies on competitive and regulatory issues associated with existing and emerging technology offerings. He helps ensure that new offerings comply with existing regulations, and he works to secure changes in regulation to enable improved technology and services to come to market. He also works with investors evaluating the risks and opportunities presented by market developments. Mike has particular expertise in representing companies before the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.

Mike also serves as lead litigation counsel in cutting-edge communications matters before federal courts of appeals, federal district courts, state courts, and state public service commissions. Recent representative litigations matters have involved the Communications Act, the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Telemarketing Sales Rule, and the Do Not Call List.

Mike has drafted and negotiated technology-related agreements regarding cloud computing, collocation, distance learning, equipment purchases/leases, mobile marketing, mobile virtual network operations, network interconnection, privacy policies, software as a service, software licensing, and various forms of terms of service.

Publications, Presentations and Recognitions

Mike speaks routinely on domestic and international telecommunications and technology issues. He was recognized as a leading telecommunications lawyer by Legal 500 for 2012 and 2013.


Blog Posts by Michael B. Hazzard

Consumer Privacy & Telemarketing, Deadlines and Headlines
PayPal Will Tweak User Agreement To Clarify Proposed Autodialing Provisions

On June 29, 2015, PayPal’s General Counsel released a blog post indicating that the company will be tweaking its proposed revisions to its User Agreement regarding PayPal’s ability to send its customers autodialed or prerecorded messages. The changes to PayPal’s terms as originally proposed drew the ire of government regulators, including the Federal Communications Commission and the New York Attorney General. These regulators, as well as numerous consumer groups, asserted that PayPal’s proposed changes would conflict with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and its provisions prohibiting autodialed or prerecorded calls to consumers without obtaining consumers’ prior express consent. 

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Deadlines and Headlines
FCC Authorizes Interconnected VoIP Providers To Obtain Telephone Numbers Directly

On June 22, 2015, the FCC released an order authorizing interconnected VoIP providers to obtain telephone numbers directly from the Numbering Administrators, rather than through intermediaries or wholesale carriers. Generally, the FCC will now require interconnected VoIP providers to follow the same requirements applicable to traditional TDM-based carriers seeking to obtain numbers.
Those interconnected VoIP providers without a state-issued certification may pursue a three-step process to obtain direct access to numbers:

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On-Demand TCPA Plaintiffs? There’s An App For That

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) was enacted to protect consumers from abusive telemarketing practices by making it unlawful to initiate unsolicited telemarketing messages. Recently, however, there has been a significant increase in TCPA litigation involving on-demand solicited text messages that consumers affirmatively request to receive in response to a call-to-action display.

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