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Businesses in the communications sector play an integral role in driving the pulse behind today’s economy through internet, broadcasting, media, wireless and a broad range of other technology that keep people connected and transactions flowing. The intersection between all of this rapidly changing technology and competitive business environment poses new legal and regulatory challenges that call for experienced counselors with a practical understanding of this complex, innovative marketplace.

Our Communications Industry team has deep experience serving technology, media and telecommunications companies with regulatory, transactional and litigation needs

Our clients include services providers, equipment manufacturers and businesses which sell consumer devices. We also serve clients who license, acquire or distribute content and those who invest in or finance any of these entities.

We have significant experience with regulatory matters at the state and federal level, and regularly represent clients before the FCC and other regulatory agencies. We also guide clients in transactions, due diligence and through counseling in areas central to their businesses.

Communications

Corporate

Our mergers and acquisitions lawyers have represented both public and private companies in a broad range of buy-side and sell-side transactions. We have handled large transactions valued at more than $1 billion, and are strong in middle–market mergers and acquisitions, with enterprise values ranging from $20 million to $750 million.

Class Actions

Our litigators are defending some of the country’s largest companies in some of the country’s largest TCPA class actions. We are familiar with and sensitive to the unique concerns of businesses faced with consumer class action litigation. Our lawyers have been defending clients in TCPA class action litigation since the law’s inception. Because of our intimate knowledge of the law, we are able to help clients review compliance with the statute, revise contracts with vendors and customers, advocate positions with regulators and defend businesses in individual and putative class actions in courts across the country.

Interconnection and Intercarrier Disputes

We have more than two decades of experience advising and representing telecommunications carriers in negotiations, arbitrations and federal court proceedings arising under the Telecommunications Act of 1996. We advise telecommunications carriers on compliance with the overlapping web of federal and state regulations in this space, including more recently those related to interconnection obligations between broadband service providers and edge providers and the regulatory implications of the transition of copper-based legacy networks to networks based on Internet Protocol (IP).

International

We frequently advise telecommunications, media and technology companies operating internationally or contemplating it on how to navigate challenges introduced by U.S. regulations governing these activities, by the regulations of the host state and by international accords. We have particular experience in the Caribbean, where we most recently have been advising companies considering doing business in the Cuban telecommunications market. We also counsel U.S. licensees and investors on matters relating to foreign ownership of U.S. radio and broadcast applicants and licensees, including the structure of domestic equity investment and debt transactions to comply with federal law.

Labor and Employment

We provide businesses with a full range of employment-related legal services including counseling, training, union, labor and management relations and litigation. We have experience litigating class actions and employment discrimination, retaliation, harassment and wrongful termination claims. We have also handled numerous wage and hour, breach of contract, severance, employee benefits, non-competition, confidentiality, trade secret, whistleblower, invasion of privacy and defamation claims.

Wireless Regulation and Spectrum Management

We routinely advise clients on wireless policy, corporate strategy and regulatory matters before the FCC and other federal and state regulatory agencies, spanning licensing, rulemaking, rebanding and band management, intercarrier disputes, enforcement and universal service. We have represented and counseled bidders in nearly every major FCC spectrum auction since 1994 and our clients have placed aggregate winning bids in excess of $10 billion in those auctions.  Effective ways of acquiring, financing, managing and deploying federal spectrum usage rights is a core focus of our practice.