Mr. Effros launched his consulting company, Effros Communications, in July 1999, after 23-years as the head of the Cable Telecommunications Association (CATA), one of the major national trade associations for the cable television industry. He helped found the organization in 1976 to represent the legal and public policy positions of small and mid-sized cable operators. CATA and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) merged in June of 1999 and Mr. Effros took on a long-term senior advisory role to the NCTA.
As President of Effros Communications, and through his own law offices, Stephen R. Effros, PC, Mr. Effros has been retained as a consultant to major cable and Internet companies on strategic analysis, planning and communications issues. He speaks on telecommunications issues nationwide and overseas, and writes a weekly commentary for CableFax Daily, one of the leading cable television trade publications. He has been on the teaching faculty of the Practicing Law Institute (PLI) for the past ten years, and is an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University.
Prior to his long-time career representing the cable television industry in Washington, Mr. Effros spent five years as an Attorney-advisor at the FCC where, in 1972, he helped craft the early government regulations for cable television. Mr. Effros was part of the original team of attorneys at the Commission which drafted the first set of comprehensive federal regulations for cable. He also chaired, as the FCC's representative, the "Federal - State - Local Advisory Committee" (FSLAC) which studied the appropriate regulatory roles for the various levels of government regarding cable television; and the Cable Television Technical Advisory Committee (CTAC) on standardization of technical issues.
Prior to his legal career, Mr. Effros worked as a news editor and writer at both the ABC and NBC radio and television network news departments in Washington, DC, and as a staff writer at The New York Times.