Capabilities
Telecommunications, Internet, and Media

Wireless

Our Telecommunications, Internet, and Media team helps clients both drive and take advantage of the dramatic and continuing changes in the way wireless spectrum is used and regulated. We represent clients before the FCC, other government agencies, Congress, and the courts; offer counseling and strategic advice; and assist with both routine and complex transactions. For example, we have counseled clients on participation in FCC spectrum auctions; advised on compliance with FCC rules governing wireless services; developed the structure for a joint venture to qualify as a designated entity for bidding purposes; and represented clients on spectrum transactions, including transfers, leases, and management agreements. Whether our clients are seeking to reshape the laws and regulations in this area, to comply efficiently with those already on the books, or to find spectrum for a new service, our experience and skills enable us to complete simple projects efficiently and to devise creative solutions to more complex problems.

We have represented wireless licensees since the Commission first allocated spectrum for cellular service, and our ranks include a former Chief of the FCC's Common Carrier Bureau, responsible for licensing and regulation of commercial wireless providers, and a former Chief of the Communications and Finance Section and a former Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Antitrust Division, which is responsible for the Department of Justice's review of all wireless transactions and industry conduct.

In addition, our London office regularly represents European and other carriers and governments on wireless telecommunications issues. We have advised companies considering entering communications markets around the world, providing regulatory assessments, due diligence, and government relations assistance. From regulatory compliance to litigation to transactions, we can address such issues wherever they arise around the globe.

Experience

SBC Communications Acquisition of Pacific Telesis Group

SBC's acquisition of Pacific Telesis Group (the Regional Bell Operating Company serving California and Nevada).

AT&T Inc. Acquisition of BellSouth Corporation

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

SBC Communications Acquisition of Southern New England Telecommunications Corporation

SBC's acquisition of Southern New England Telecommunications Corporation (the telephone company serving most of Connecticut).

SBC Communications Acquisition of Ameritech Corporation

SBC's acquisition of Ameritech Corporation (the Regional Bell Operating Company serving Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin).

SBC Communications SBC and BellSouth Wireless joint venture

Joint venture of SBC's wireless business with BellSouth Corporation's wireless business forming Cingular Wireless LLC (now AT&T Mobility LLC)

More

Perspectives

The end of intra-EU roaming charges
The Digital Watcher
The Logical Hole in the Heart of the Great Repeal Bill
The Digital Watcher
FCC Clarifies Rules on Unwanted Robocalls and Spam Texts
Arnold & Porter Advisory
DOD Unveils Strategy to Better Manage Spectrum, Pave Way for New Technologies (pdf)

Bloomberg BNA's Telecommunications Law Resource Center

Overview

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