Lee G. Petro

Of Counsel

Washington

(202) 230-5857 phone
(202) 842-8465 fax

Lee G. Petro is Of Counsel to the firm’s Telecommunications & Mass Media Team in the Government & Regulatory Affairs Practice Group.

Lee focuses his practice on representing broadcasters, telephone companies and wireless service providers before the Federal Communications Commission.  He has represented broadcasters and fixed wireless broadband service providers in their transition to digital service — helping clients in New Mexico and Alaska lead the transition to two-way broadband service. He works with BRS and EBS clients with regard to excess capacity leasing matters and related transactions, and routinely works on broadcast and wireless transactional matters,  including asset purchase agreements, spectrum leasing arrangements, and interference reduction agreements.  Lee also prosecutes trademark applications before the Patent and Trademark Office on behalf of his telecommunications clients, and has represented clients before the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice relating to merger and acquisition issues.

Since 2009, Lee has served as pro bono counsel to the Martha Wright Petitioners in an FCC proceeding that has sought to end excessive telephone rates for inmate calling services.  Lee has led a coalition of public interest organizations and the legal team that resulted in the August 2013 FCC decision that imposed price caps on the interstate ICS rates, and an annual reporting requirement for the service providers.

Lee is an active member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and its nonprofit charitable and educational organization, the Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation. Lee is currently serving as Assistant Secretary of the FCBA.  He also has served on the Board of Trustees and as chair of the FCBA Foundation and co-chair of several FCBA committees, including the Constitution and Bylaws Committee and Continuing Legal Education Committee, during his career.  In 2013, Lee was named the FCBA Foundation’s  “Volunteer of the Year” for his work on the Foundation’s College Scholarship Program.

Lee authors a monthly column in Radio Magazine, and has spoken on panels for the National Association of Broadcasters, state broadcast associations and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.  A graduate of the Institute for Communications Law Studies at the Catholic University School of Law, Lee served as editor-in-chief of CommLaw Conspectus, The Journal of Communications and Law Policy, and was the co-founder and editor-in-chief of dicta…, The Columbus School of Law Student Magazine.

Highlights

Publications

7/28/2015
PLI
Telecommunications Law Answer Book 2016
2/4/2015
Client Alert
FCC Proposes to Regulate Internet-Based Video Programmers
7/1/2014
Practising Law Institute
Telecommunications Law Answer Book 2015
10/3/2013
PLI
Telecommunications Law Answer Book 2014
5/29/2013
Client Alert
Overhaul of FCC Experimental Licensing Rules
5/28/2013
Client Alert
FCC Revises Foreign Ownership Rules – More Changes on the Way?
2/8/2013
Client Alert
FirstNet Planning Funding Window Opens
11/13/2012
Law 360
Relocation Steps for Wireless Medical Telemetry Users
10/12/2012
Communications Alert
FCC Issues Groundbreaking Incentive Auction Notice
9/18/2012
Client Alert
Spectrum Auctions to Affect Wireless Medical Telemetry Service – Impact on Hospitals and Device Manufacturers
7/1/2012
Radio Magazine
The MADness of the Digimedia Patent Claim
6/26/2012
Radio Magazine
FAA Adopts New Tower Lighting Guidelines
6/7/2012
Client Alert
FCC to Move Forward With New ASR System, Rules
6/1/2012
Radio Magazine
New Tower Rules Mean New Procedures
5/1/2012
Radio Magazine
Radio and the Social Internet
4/1/2012
Radio Magazine
FCC Acts on LPFM and Translator Rules
3/1/2012
Radio Magazine
Translator Moves Targeted by FCC
2/28/2012
Telecommunications Alert
Congress Gives the Green Light to Incentive Auctions
2/1/2012
Radio Magazine
Potentially Sticky Political Pitfalls
1/1/2012
Radio Magazine
Political Ad Season Reminders
12/1/2011
Radio Magazine
A Change in Interference Protection Rules?
11/1/2011
Radio Magazine
FM Translator Moves Granted Under Certain Circumstances

Events

7/10/2013
Federal Communications Commission
Workshop on Reforming Inmate Calling Services Rates
4/30/2013
WPFW
Crossroads
4/26/2013
FCC Consumer Advisory Committee
Update on Inmate Calling Rates
4/24/2013
Congressional Black Caucus
Press Conference
4/6/2013
National Conference for Media Reform
Call Me (Come Back Home): Fighting the Cost of Prison Calls
3/12/2013
Maryland House of Delegates
Testimony Before the Judiciary Committee
11/30/2012
Knowledge Group
License Renewal in Broadcast Industry: What to Do Now
11/12/2012
NARUC Annual Meeting
Is it Fair for Families to Pay Exorbitant Rates to Call Incarcerated Relatives?
5/7/2012
The Media Consortium Press Background Briefing
4/17/2012
2012 National Association of Broadcasters Show

News

6/12/2015
Lee Petro Elected Federal Communications Bar Association Assistant Treasurer
6/25/2014
Lee Petro Elected Secretary of the Federal Communications Bar Association
11/14/2013
Lee Petro Prepares Video for Bloomberg BNA on the Inmate Calling Services Report
10/3/2013
Drinker Biddle Lawyers Write the PLI Telecommunications Law Answer Book 2014
9/26/2013
Lee Petro Interview with the Family Justice Program
5/13/2013
Lee Petro Quoted in The Columbus Dispatch
1/21/2013
Lee Petro, Prison Initiative Honored at MMTC Broadband and Social Justice Award Ceremony
12/28/2012
Lee Petro Quoted in Bloomberg
12/28/2012
Lee Petro was quoted in Public News Service
12/18/2012
Lee Petro Participates in Live Broadcasts With Huffington Post and Brian Lehrer TV
12/6/2012
Lee Petro Speaks to Washington Post
11/26/2012
Lee Petro and Julie Scott Allen Write Article for Law 360
10/2/2012
Lee Petro Pro Bono Case Receives Significant Media Attention
5/18/2012
Lee Petro Quoted in Press Regarding Prison Phone Rates
11/7/2011
Communications Lawyer, Lee Petro, Becomes Of Counsel to Drinker Biddle