Richard Firestone's practice covers a wide range of telecommunications, information and technology issues, domestic and international, and a broad spectrum of clients, including large firms and new entrants, service providers and users, and government entities. He helps clients adapt to rapidly changing regulatory structures and marketplace realities. Whether involved in the strategic planning or implementation of a new venture or a merger or acquisition, advising with respect to the impact of a new technology, negotiating contracts, representing clients before regulatory agencies or in court or arbitration proceedings, Mr. Firestone brings a breadth and depth of experience and judgment to client's issues.
Before joining Arnold & Porter LLP, he served as Chief of the Common Carrier Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). As one of the most senior communications law and policy makers in the federal government, Mr. Firestone headed the bureau responsible for the regulation of US telephone, cellular, satellite and other technology companies, as well as the development and implementation of federal policy with respect to the full spectrum of issues affecting users, manufacturers, suppliers and providers of telecommunications and related services and equipment. Prior to his tenure at the FCC, Mr. Firestone served as Chief Counsel for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, responsible for legal, legislative and policy analyses and recommendations related to the domestic and international telecommunications and information industries.
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