Stephanie Phillipps is experienced in telecommunications regulatory, transactional and litigation counseling, and represents clients in administrative proceedings and litigation on telecommunications issues. Her clients have included wireline, wireless, Internet, cable television, and media companies and related service providers, as well as state and local governments and nonprofit organizations. She has advised those clients on federal rules and new policy developments on issues such as video distribution and programming, Open Internet, market entry, cable franchising and renewal, mobile health, accessibility, privacy, and consumer protection. Ms. Phillipps is an experienced advocate before the Federal Communications Commission and other regulatory agencies and public bodies. She also advises national organizations on corporate governance and policy issues.


  • AT&T Inc. as member of FCC counsel team on FCC approval of AT&T’s acquisition of DIRECTV.
  • AT&T Inc. as member of FCC counsel team on FCC review of AT&T’s (formerly SBC’s) major telecommunications transactions during the past 20 years.
  • Strategic advice on regulatory and policy issues governing entry into the video programming distribution marketplace and ongoing advice on regulatory issues.
  • Regulatory and compliance advice on the collection and use of biometric information.
  • Advice on privacy issues in connection with the provision of digital services.
  • Nonprofit entity creating an online educational services platform.

  • Internet Protocol-based service providers in compliance with FCC accessibility requirements.
  • National cable company in contested administrative franchise renewal proceedings and franchise renewal litigation.
  • Major Northeast city in connection with adoption of a telecommunications ordinance and subsequent court challenge to that ordinance.
  • FCC enforcement proceedings and equipment authorization issues.
  • Implications of US communications laws for non-US clients.
  • Strategic advice on cable franchising, administrative, and renewal issues.
  • Various FCC rulemakings to implement and interpret the provisions of the 1984 and 1992 Cable Acts and the 1996 Telecommunications Act.


The Legal 500 US
Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory (2013, 2017-2018)


  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1976
  • BA, Radcliffe College, 1973
  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts
  • Member ALI-ABA Technology Advisory Panel

  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, 2002 to present

  • Ex-Officio Member and former Chair, Board of Trustees, Washington Region for Justice and Inclusion

  • Member, Board of Trustees, Federal City Council

  • Founder, (website for mothers of Black children)

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