DigitalFrontiers Advocacy works to advance respect for the First Amendment, intellectual property, free markets, and the rule of law as mutually reinforcing pillars of creativity, innovation, and economic growth in a democratic society. In that pursuit, DigitalFrontiers Advocacy advises and represents clients on media, copyright, and technology law matters before Congress, the Administration, and independent agencies.
Neil Fried launched DigitalFrontiers Advocacy in January 2020, bringing more than 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors. Before starting DigitalFrontiers Advocacy, Neil spent close to seven years as senior vice president for congressional and regulatory affairs at the Motion Picture Association, where he worked on behalf of Walt Disney Studios, the former 20th Century Fox, Netflix Studios, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Universal City Studios, and Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Neil joined the MPA in 2013 from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he served as chief counsel on media and technology issues. Advising the Committee for nearly a decade, his portfolio included television, radio, wired and wireless communications, spectrum, cybersecurity, public safety, broadband, and internet issues. Significant legislation he helped draft and usher into passage includes the Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005, the satellite television reauthorization acts of 2004 and 2010, and the spectrum incentive auction provisions of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.
Prior to working on the Hill, Neil represented clients before Congress and the Federal Communications Commission while at the D.C. offices of two law firms: Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand; and Paul Hastings.
Neil helped implement the 1996 Telecommunications Act as an attorney with the FCC from 1996 to 2000. Before coming to the FCC, he was a John S. and James L. Knight Fellow at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
Neil received a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Northwestern University and his Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. He grew up in New York City.
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