Dan Brenner, who has served as the National Cable & Telecommunications Association' (NCTA) senior vice president for law and public policy for the past 16 years, is departing the trade association, effective Feb. 28.
The NCTA said that Brenner will continue to consult for the association and provide guidance on a variety of regulatory issues. A search is underway for his successor.
At the Washington, D.C., office of Hogan & Hartson LLP, Brenner will become a partner in the telecommunications, media and entertainment practice.
Brenner has provided legal guidance and leadership for the association, as well as the cable industry, during a period of regulatory challenges, which included: A U.S. Supreme Court win in the Brand X case, which upheld the Federal Communications Commission' classification of cable broadband service as an interstate information service (story here); another Supreme Court victory in the Gulf Power case, which affirmed the FCC' rate formula for pole attachments used by cable ops to provide broadband services (story here); and the avoidance of the imposition of additional must-carry and multicast must-carry obligations on cable TV.
Brenner also served with the NCTA during a period of massive change in the industry. During his tenure, cable transformed from a one-way video outlet to providing two-way video, data and voice services.
"Cable operators and programmers have dramatically improved the quality of life for Americans, in our use of video, broadband and telephone," Brenner said. "It' been an honor to represent this industry in its regulatory affairs and to help make these changes happen. I thank the board and my devoted NCTA colleagues for all their support."