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Wireless, Broadband and Cable

The Firm’s representation of wireless and broadband providers goes back to the 1980’s.   We have represented numerous wireless providers, competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs), cable companies, shared tenant service, multi-dwelling unit  and building access (BLEC) providers and utility owned, wholesale  fiber lessors and developers in regulatory, transactional and financing mattes.

Wireless

Over the years, our wireless clients have included every major wireless provider in the U.S. – including commercial mobile service (CMRS) providers such as SouthernLINC Wireless, T-Mobile USA, Leap Wireless Cricket (now AT&T) – as well as early cellular, paging, and specialized mobile service companies (including AT&T Wireless, Nextel, MobileMedia/Arch, and Bell Atlantic Nynex Mobile (now Verizon).   Representative transactions include:

  • Nationwide and regional buildout  of 3-G, 4-G and (most recently) LTE network deployment for some of the largest wireless carriers in the U.S.
  • A multi-city WiFi infrastructure deployment for one of the world’s largest corporate housing providers
  • Wireless interconnection, access and commercial agreement negotiation under the 1996 Telecom Act for various large mobile carriers
  • International roaming agreements.
  • Representation of  one of the largest U.S. wireless carrier in disputed claim resolution in the WorldCom bankruptcy
  • Representation of investor in start-up mobile satellite venture
  • Mergers, acquisition and secured financing transactions involving wireless carriers – including special purpose entity formation, spectrum leasing, and investment protection
  •   Negotiation of MVNO, distribution and “wireless partnering” transactions 

Broadband and Cable

Broadband clients have included countless CLECs  beginning with early competitive access providers such as Teleport (now AT&T), MFS of Atlanta, and Alta Telecom/St. Louis Fiber-Net; DSL providers such as Rhythms, cable companies such as Mediacom and Comcast; building access providers such as Cypress Communications and Fairchild; and wholesale fiber providers such as AGL Networks, the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia, Oglethorpe Power, and Carroll EMC. The Firm’s broadband and cable practice includes:

  • Entry certification, FCC and all 50 state public service commissions
  • Tariff and service guide preparation
  • Negotiation of interconnection, wholesale, and building access agreements
  • Voice-over-IP (VOIP) regulation and compliance
  • Fiber build-outs; including Cell-site Access, and Ethernet
  • Crafting “SLAs” for QOS, COS, jitter, and Ethernet metrics
  • Pole attachments and Rights-of-way agreements with municipalities and utilities
  • Network outsourcing and build-out; infrastructure sharing
  • Equipment lease/purchase and vendor financing
  • Mergers, acquisitions, financing, spin-offs and related opinion practice

The Firm has leading edge experience in emerging broadband technologies, including:

• Voice-over-IP (VoIP)
• Video (IPTV)
• Broadband power line (BPL)