James R. Hobson

Of Counsel

Tel: (202) 370-5305

Location(s)

At a Glance

As a private practice attorney and a lobbyist, James has worked on video, wire and wireless communications matters.

Earlier in his career, he was at the FCC for six years.

He is a registered federal advocate.

James R. Hobson has more than 40 years of experience in cable television, wire and wireless communications as a Federal Communications Commission official, corporation lawyer, private legal practitioner and registered federal advocate. He is of counsel in Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Municipal Law practice group in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

 

As a private practice attorney and a lobbyist, James has worked on video, wire and wireless communications matters for a number of clients. Within the field of wireless communications, he is a leading authority in public safety communications, including 911 emergency calling and rebanding of the 800 MHz spectrum. Local governments and citizens’ groups consult James regularly on the siting of wireless communications facilities under zoning codes and ordinances. He was a member of the statutory panel of arbitrators which, in 1992, recommended changes in the 1993-94 fees paid for satellite carrier delivery of super-station and network TV signals to backyard dish receivers.

 

Prior to joining BB&K, he was an attorney with Miller & Van Eaton, a nationally-recognized telecommunications law firm.

 

Earlier in his career, he was at the FCC for six years. His posts included special assistant to the chairman and chief of the Cable Television Bureau. As Washington counsel for General Telephone, James’ assignments included the early stages of the video dial-tone docket and the grant to GTE California of the first telco-cable urban cross-ownership waiver in Cerritos. Congress changed the law in 1996 to allow telco entry into cable television.

 

He is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Fifth, Ninth and Tenth circuits and the D.C. Circuit Courts. Besides having served on the American Arbitration Association’s National Panel, he is a trained mediator.

Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia


Education

  • University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D.
  • Georgetown University, M.A., Government
  • Cornell University, B.A.

 

  • Washington, D.C. Top Rated Lawyer in Communications Law, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
Communications Technology Transitions
Legal Alerts Jan 7, 2015

Communications Technology Transitions

FCC Seeks Local Government Views

  • “New FCC Rules Will Require New Approach to Siting of Wireless Facilities,” BBKnowledge, Nov. 06, 2014
  • “FCC Radio Licenses: Saving Paper Doesn’t Change Notice Requirements,” BB&K Legal Alert, Oct. 16, 2014
  • “FCC Seeking Comments on Proposed Changes to Public Safety Communications Spectrum,” BB&K Legal Alert, Jan. 17, 2014
  • “FCC Rulemaking on RF Radiation,” BB&K Legal Alert, June 12, 2013
  • “FCC Bureau Releases Guidance on Wireless Facility Oversight,” BB&K Legal Alert, Jan. 30, 2013
  • “Rebanding of Public Safety Radio Spectrum Along U.S.-Mexico Border to Begin,” BB&K Legal Alert, July 18, 2012
Attorneys Criticize Wireless Infrastructure Order
BB&K In the News Nov 5, 2014

Attorneys Criticize Wireless Infrastructure Order

Telecommunications Reports Listens in on BB&K Webinar Regarding the New Wireless Infrastructure Order Adopted by the FCC

  • “New FCC Rules Will Require New Approach to Siting of Wireless Facilities,” BB&K Webinar, Nov. 5, 2014
  • “Developments in Public Safety Wireless Deployments - FirstNet; 800MHz Rebanding; 700MHz narrow-banding; FCC Proceeding on RF Radiation Health Risks,” 2013 International Municipal Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, Sep. 29, 2013
  • “RF Radiation: Smart Meters and Other Developing Problems,” 2013 IMLA Mid-Year Seminar, April 14, 2013
  • “The Narrowbanding Transition and the FCC’s January 2013 Deadline,” NATOA Teleconference, April 2, 2012