70 Years in Communications Law
Cohn and Marks LLP provides specialized legal representation to local,
regional and national electronic communications media, including broadcast,
cable television, telecommunications, cellular telephone, wireless
radio and satellite communications industries.
This Site. This
site is intended to open a dialogue with Internet users concerning
legal aspects of the revolution taking place in communications today.
The site currently includes information on recent developments in
communications law and the analysis and perspective of Cohn and Marks
LLP attorneys on a number of the larger long-range issues that will
confront communications law and policy in the twenty-first century.
Background information on the firm is also provided.
and Marks LLP was founded in 1946. Radio broadcasting was then a young
medium. Approximately six commercial television stations were in operation
in the United States. Less than one percent of the nation’s
households owned a television set -- all analog at that time! A revolution
was at hand.
in communications during the past 70 years have changed forever the
way we live and relate to one another. Today, a new revolution is
at hand, one primarily the result of a technological triad -- the
silicon chip, digital technology and fiber optics. All know that new
broadband, computer-based, interactive technology will change our
lives and our relationships in ways both subtle and profound. But
what will the changes be? Try imagining the future of television from
the highest hilltop in 1946. So it is today.
business of communications law and policy today is to attempt to envision
and help shape the social consequences of the current revolution in
communications technology. To foster the benefits the new technology
promises -- and to avoid the dangers it may pose -- represents the
greatest challenge ever to confront communications law and those who
make and practice it.