Capabilities
Telecommunications, Internet, and Media

Fixed Services

Our Telecommunications, Internet, and Media team has helped guide clients through the regulatory, marketplace, and technological transformation of the fixed services market, and we remain at the forefront of these continuing developments, assisting clients in meeting the challenges of tomorrow's environment. Our clients include AT&T Inc. (formerly SBC Communications Inc.), which is one of the world's largest providers of broadband and telephone services to both consumers and businesses. We served as that company's lead FCC counsel for all of its previous wireline mergers and major acquisitions, including Centennial, BellSouth, AT&T Corp., Ameritech, SNET, and Pacific Telesis, as well as its sale of Connecticut wireline operations to Frontier. We also represented AT&T in international proceedings for these transactions. In addition, we have assisted AT&T in numerous other FCC and international proceedings and have provided an array of regulatory and strategic advice. Our team also assists AT&T with implementing and complying with FCC merger conditions relating to mass-market fiber deployment. In addition, we have extensive experience in representing AT&T and other carriers that seek to deploy or to acquire rights to use submarine cables and have assisted a variety of clients negotiating contracts to acquire telecommunications services. We advise international operators in Europe and Asia on market-entry, regulation and their investment in, and deployment of, fixed network infrastructure including terrestrial and submarine systems.

Experience

AT&T Inc. Development of smart grid service

Counseled client on regulatory strategy, advised on regulatory issues in negotiations with equipment vendor and other stakeholders, and prepared petition for waiver of the FCC’s rules to allow the 2.3 GHz WCS C and D Block spectrum to be used for fixed smart grid (and related smart city) applications.

AT&T Inc. Amendment of spectrum rules, spectrum rights litigation, and related transactions

Helped free a new band of spectrum for fixed and mobile broadband services through the 2.3 GHz Wireless Communications Service rulemaking, litigating and settling contested license renewals, and seven transactions.

AT&T Inc. Sale of Southern New England Telecommunications Corporation

Obtained clearance for AT&T’s sale of its Connecticut wireline operations to Frontier.

AT&T Inc. Acquisition of BellSouth Corporation

Obtained clearance for AT&T's (formerly SBC) $89 billion acquisition of BellSouth Corporation.

SBC Communications Acquisition of AT&T Corp.

Obtained clearance for SBC Communication's $16-billion acquisition of AT&T Corp. forming the new AT&T Inc.

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