Last night the schmoozing was in full force here in DC in the ballroom of the hotel President Reagan was shot at - the Washington Hilton. 1500 lawyers and their clients dealing with the FCC were here for the annual FCC Chairman's dinner.
The tables up front were sponsored by the major trade associations, the cellphone companies, and the major lobbyists. I sat at a table in the far back reserved for "individuals". Interesting dinner guests, Mr. Greenhill himself and wife, a regional director of the enforcement bureau who is losing her job in the reorg, a hotshot policy analyst at NTIA who gets this newsletter, a lobbyist, and the guy producing the Chairman's audio video show.
Da Chairman gave a slick roasting this year the wireless and cable industries. Last year he beat up on NAB, this year he barely mentioned broadcasting except in the context of the auction. As you might imagine, there are hundreds of interest groups which deal with the FCC related to all of issues. And LPTV is but one small part of that picture.