Richter’s 2017 was punctuated by video relay service rate reform at the FCC and the FAA’s release of a report on remote tracking and identification of drones. She also promoted a new paradigm for spectrum-sharing technology in the Citizens Band Radio Service and helped ZVRS and Purple Communications combine under ZVRS Holdings. Richter says that spectrum band sharing will dominate 2018. “More bands opened up for spectrum sharing, spectrum focused on unmanned aerial systems,” she says. In addition to her expertise on spectrum policy, Richter is well versed in the E-rate program and broadcast incentive auctions.
What have been the most important legal issues in communications for you in the past year?
VRS Rate Reform at the FCC, the Citizens Band Radio Service rulemakings and SAS/ESC certifications at the FCC, and the FAA’s Aviation Rulemaking Committee for Remote Tracking and Identification of UAS.
What new legal issues do you expect in 2018?
More bands opened up for spectrum sharing, spectrum focused on unmanned aerial systems.
What is your golden rule for negotiating?
A negotiation doesn’t need to be a zero-sum game. The negotiation should result in a good deal for both sides and form the basis of a productive business relationship for your client moving forward.