Telecommunications, Internet, and Media
William E. Cook, Jr. provides strategic, transactional, litigation, legislative, administrative, and regulatory advice to wireline, wireless, cable television and Internet clients. Mr. Cook represents clients before the Federal Communications Commission and other regulatory bodies. He also represents clients in all aspects of communications-related transactions, and assists them in obtaining the consent of the Federal Communications Commission, US Department of Justice, and state and local governments. Mr. Cook also has represented cable operators in franchise negotiations with local governments. He has been a frequent speaker on cable television and telecommunications regulatory and competition matters over the years before the Practising Law Institute, trade associations and other organizations. Mr. Cook is a former co-chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association’s Broadband, Wireless, Cable and Diversity Committees.
Before Joining the firm, Mr. Cook was a law clerk for the Honorable Richard C. Erwin, Chief Judge of the US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.
Telecommunications, Internet, and Media Representative Matters
- Representing AT&T Inc. in its proposed acquisition of DIRECTV.
- Represented AT&T in the 700 MHz/AWS transaction with Verizon Wireless and Grain Management.
- Represented AT&T in the acquisition of 2.3 GHz Wireless Communications Service and other licenses from Comcast, Horizon, NetWave, NTELOs, and San Diego Gas & Electric.
- Represented AT&T in its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA, Inc.
- Represented AT&T Inc. in its acquisitions of Centennial Communications Corp. and Dobson Communications Corporation.
- Represented AT&T in its acquisition of former ALLTEL Corporation properties divested by Verizon Wireless.
- Assisting a FORTUNE 100 company in negotiating bulk purchases of telecommunications services.
- Representing a voice recognition service provider and others in negotiating bulk purchases of telecommunications services.
- Consulting with a multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) on: (a) the relationship between the status of competition in the MVPD industry and leverage in the negotiations between MVPDs and content providers, and (b) the key issues that arise in the negotiation of programming contracts.
- Representing Comcast Cable in the formal cable franchise renewal proceeding in San Jose, California, and in related First Amendment litigation in federal court.
- Counseling a MVPD on the federal, state, and local regulatory issues related to its roll-out of multichannel video programming to subscribers.
- Representing a major MSO in various cable franchise renewal proceedings.
- Representing a MVPD in the sale of cable systems with 310,000 subscribers to another MVPD.
- Lobbying on behalf of clients with respect to the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992, and representing clients in FCC rulemaking proceedings implementing the 1992 Act.
- Advising SBC Communications Inc. (now AT&T Inc.) in connection with its mergers with AT&T, Ameritech, and BellSouth.
- Representation of a long-distance carrier in transactions and on regulatory matters.
- Representation of US utilities entering into the telecommunications marketplace.
Named as one of Savoy's "Most Influential Black Lawyers of 2015"
The Legal 500 US 2013-2015 for Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory
Washington, DC Super Lawyers 2012-2015 for Communications