Sara’s practice involves advising clients on a wide range of issues, including federal, state, and international telecommunications licensing requirements; broadcast TV and radio issues with respect to EEO, renewal applications, and engineering; mergers, acquisitions, and transfers of control; federal and state regulatory fees; Emergency Alert System filings and compliance; legal and accounting issues with respect to the FCC’s repack transition; as well as Universal Service programs compliance.
During law school at the George Washington University, Ms. Hinkle interned with the National Telecommunications & Information Administration and the FCC’s Media Bureau. There, she began developing her skills with respect to telecom, media, copyright, and privacy law. She also obtained her CIPP/US certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals during this time.
After law school, Ms. Hinkle worked as a privacy consultant for Bloomberg on issues relating to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the FCC-promulgated privacy rules. Later she represented broadcast TV and radio clients on interference agreements, broadcast asset acquisitions, and EEO compliance. She also represented Internet service providers on privacy statements and other consumer-facing agreements. She co-managed over 100 broadcast TV stations in the FCC’s repack transition, including with engineering, legal, and accounting matters.
In her next role, she was an integral part of the team that obtained FCC and California PUC approval of a multi-billion-dollar telecom merger, including with respect to document production and responses to requests for information from these regulatory bodies. Further, she worked on Universal Service issues for E-rate, Lifeline, and the Connect America Fund and worked extensively on compliance with the FCC’s telecommunications accessibility rules as well as its 911 and multi-line telephone system rules.
Originally from Bridgeport, West Virginia, she received her B.A. from West Virginia University in Sociology and Anthropology. Ms. Hinkle is also involved in the Federal Communications Bar Association and has co-chaired the Raffle Committee for the Charity Auction for several years.