Wiley Rein has the largest communications law practice in the country with more than 80 attorneys and engineers engaged full time in the Communications Practice, which encompasses virtually all aspects of the federal, state, and international laws governing the telecommunications, Internet, and media industries.
The Communications Practice has extensive familiarity with the government institutions that shape and administer communications statutes and policies. Our professionals include individuals who have occupied high-level positions at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Commerce, as well as on Capitol Hill. These include a former Chairman of the FCC, five former FCC Commissioners, a former FCC General Counsel, a former FCC Chief of Staff, as well as the former U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy (Ambassador), and a former Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Others have had firsthand experience working in telecommunications firms, media companies, and the advertising industry. This experience is enriched by the insights and creativity of veteran specialists in the laws governing wireless and wireline telecoms carriers, Internet firms, broadcasters, programmers, cable and satellite operators, content producers, and the print media.
Describing Wiley Rein’s Communications Practice, The Legal 500 US notes that “the integration of regulatory and public policy is a key differentiator, along with an unmatched level of resources” (2012).
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The size and experience of Wiley Rein's Communications Practice enable us to handle the full scope of telecommunications, wireless, litigation, international, satellite, and media issues from headline-setting, billion-dollar mergers to business disputes and regulatory initiatives. At the same time, our flexible structure allows us to make use of small teams or single attorneys to serve all of our clients in a cost-effective, efficient, and creative manner.
Communications Litigation. Wiley Rein is unique in its ability to bring substantial expertise and experience to bear in any area of communications law in any setting, including federal and state courts, the FCC, state public utility commissions, and even local franchising authorities in cable franchising or rights-of-way disputes. According to The Legal 500 US and firm clients interviewed in the 2008 publication, “Wiley Rein holds a commanding grip on the communications market," and its "prolific record of success in contentious matters” can be attributed to “the fusion of [its] highly rated regulatory group with a contingency of litigation expertise” held by the firm's “brilliant and unequivocally effectual” communications litigators.
Media. Ranked among the DC area's finest in media entertainment law by Chambers USA, Wiley Rein provides its clients with a wide array of services to address the regulatory requirements and the legal and business issues facing participants in the broadcasting, multichannel video, print, and online communications industries. We have a long history of involvement working with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and within the Executive branch to influence contentious policy debates that affect our media clients as well as legislative initiatives associated with emerging communications technology.
Telecommunications. Ranked a top-tier firm in Telecom, Broadcast, and Satellite law by Chambers USA, our Telecommunications Practice assists a broad range of clients in understanding FCC, state, and international regulatory requirements, developing business plans, and advocating particular regulatory and legislative results. We have participated in virtually all major regulatory initiatives stemming from the 1996 Telecommunications Act, negotiated and arbitrated numerous interconnection agreements, helped customers negotiate contracts for network services, assisted entities in structuring new services to minimize regulation, gained approval of major mergers (and also opposed mergers on behalf of affected clients), and performed regulatory due diligence on countless transactions.
International Telecommunications. Our Practice combines the experience of senior government policymaking in international telecommunications and extensive years of private practice advising telecom clients on international regulatory policy. We have an impressive track record of work outside the United States and an array of language skills at our disposal. Our lawyers can assist clients seeking access to critical growth markets for telecom, Internet, and media services throughout the world. Whether dealing with a U.S. service provider operating from the United States, a foreign-owned corporation considering the U.S. market or a global provider needing advice on international policy affecting market entry and the offering of telecommunications services worldwide, Wiley Rein has the expertise to ensure the successful execution of each of our clients' business plans.
Wireless. Wiley Rein is one of the preeminent law firms specializing in wireless telecommunications. From the first cellular comparative hearings to the latest spectrum auctions, the firm has been on the cutting edge of new voice and data service authorizations. We pair attorneys with significant government, policy, and litigation experience with engineering professionals to form client teams that know the legal, technical, and operational issues wireless companies face today. Our attorneys work closely with clients and government agencies to identify spectrum, secure authorizations, and develop service rules. The firm's experience extends to the full range of issues facing cellular, paging, personal communications services, wireless data networks, wireless equipment manufacturers, microwave service providers, and entirely new service ventures.
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