Michael Couzens, Community Media Conference 2019 Speaker Bio

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Michael Couzens

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Attorney

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Michael Couzens is a community radio and television advocate based in Oakland, CA. He is a lawyer with more than 30 years experience practicing before the Federal Communications Commission. He is admitted to the bar in California and in Washington, D.C. As an attorney-advisor on the staff of the Federal Communications Commission he developed the rules for low power television. He represents existing and future community stations throughout the United States, including planning and creation of non-profit entities, advising on FCC requirements and addressing applications, licensing, and compliance issues. He teamed with Alan Korn in the 2007 filing window to submit a wave of applications for new noncommercial educational FM stations, several of which are now on the air.

Michael has taught communications law at the University of California and at San Francisco State University. He regularly participates in industry and public interest seminars and workshops. He is an ardent bluegrass music listener, and can be found attending festivals involving acoustic instruments every Summer, East and West.

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