An Englewood, Colo.-based company that owns Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves and Starz movie channels has called on Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld for its assistance in Washington. But the lobbying request of Liberty Media Corp. doesn't concern the entertainment industry.
Liberty has enlisted Akin Gump to lobby for it on an "indoor location accuracy requirement" for 911 calls from mobile devices, according to lobbying registration paperwork the firm filed with Congress this week. The company owns Berwyn, Pa.-based TruePosition Inc., which provides location determination services.
The Akin Gump team handling the account includes executive partner Joel Jankowsky and partners Tom Davidson and Arshi Siddiqui. Former Representatives Victor Fazio (D-Calif.) and Bill Paxon (R-N.Y.), senior advisers at the firm, as well as policy adviser Paul Scolese, also are on the account.
The company has lauded Federal Communications Commission efforts to bolster wireless carriers' location precision standards and improve indoor location accuracy. TruePosition has the technology to "quickly and accurately [locate] any phone in any environment," according to the company.
Liberty spent $90,000 on federal lobbying during the first half of this year, according to congressional records. K&L Gates lobbied for the company during that time.