Peter Schildkraut is a co-leader of the firm’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications industry team and provides strategic counsel on spectrum use, Open Internet, transactions, and other regulatory matters to wireless, wireline, internet, multichannel video, broadcast, and equipment companies. Mr. Schildkraut helps clients navigate the ever-changing opportunities and challenges of technology, policy, and law to achieve their business objectives at the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and elsewhere. He represents clients in rulemakings and administrative litigation and advises them on regulatory compliance. He also assists them in all stages of transactions, large and small, including every major US communications transaction of AT&T Inc. (formerly SBC) since 1998. Aside from his communications practice, Mr. Schildkraut has represented companies in internal investigations and criminal and civil defenses of large antitrust and anti-corruption cases.
Prior to his graduation from law school, Mr. Schildkraut served as a legislative assistant to a Kentucky congressman and as a legislative consultant at a lobbying firm.
- AT&T, as antitrust and regulatory counsel, in leading the effort to obtain US Department of Justice clearance and Federal Communications Commission approval for the sale of its Puerto Rico and US Virgin Island assets to Liberty Latin America.
- Creditors in foreign ownership, media cross-ownership, and other FCC compliance issues in connection with emergence of a major radio station group from bankruptcy and the subsequent petition for declaratory ruling to permit increased foreign ownership.
- Major League Baseball (MLB) team regarding their rights under a telecommunications agreement.
- AT&T in its merger with Time Warner Inc., including the Antitrust Division's HSR review and the subsequent successful litigation against DOJ.
- AT&T in its petition for a waiver of the rules to allow the 2.3 GHz WCS C and D Block spectrum to be used for smart grid (and related smart city) applications.
- AT&T in its merger with DIRECTV.
- AT&T in its acquisition of the assets of Plateau Wireless; in its merger with Leap Wireless International, Inc.; and in its acquisition of the assets of Allied Wireless Communications Corporation and assisting in integrating these businesses.
- AT&T in its petition for rulemaking to enable use of the 2.3 GHz Wireless Communications Service C and D Block spectrum for an in-flight connectivity service.
- AT&T in freeing a new band of spectrum for mobile broadband services through the 2.3 GHz Wireless Communications Service rulemaking, litigating and settling contested license renewals, and seven transactions, including the first acquisition of spectrum the US Rural Utilities Service held following a borrower's default.
- AT&T in its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA, Inc.
- AT&T in its acquisition of former ALLTEL Corporation properties divested by Verizon Wireless in which Mr. Schildkraut obtained the first FCC approval of a wireless transaction involving a reverse like-kind exchange under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code.
- Client in counseling on renewals of broadband wireless spectrum and compliance with "substantial service" requirement.
- Clients in advising on spectrum auctions, including compliance with the anti-collusion rules.
- Clients in conducting internal investigations and defending in government investigations of compliance with communications, competition, and anti-corruption laws.
- Foreign clients in advising on US communications laws.
- JD, Harvard Law School, 1997, magna cum laude
- MPP, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 1997
- AB, Harvard College, 1990, magna cum laude
- District of Columbia
Member, Federal Communications Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association