Joseph Van Eaton

Partner

Tel: (202) 370-5306

Location(s)

At a Glance

Joe is a leading advocate for local governments before the FCC.
 
His practice focuses on representing cities on a broad range of communications issues.
 
Prior to joining the firm in 2011, he was a founding partner of Miller & Van Eaton.
 

Joseph Van Eaton represents government agencies on a broad range of communications issues in federal and state courts, before federal and state agencies and at the negotiating table. Joe is a partner in Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Municipal Law practice group in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He is also a registered federal lobbyist and a member of BB&K’s Government Relations team. Prior to joining the firm in 2011, he was a founding partner of Miller & Van Eaton, a nationally recognized telecommunications law firm.

Keeping Cities Connected
Joe helps communities develop wireline and wireless communications ordinances, negotiates franchises for cable and telecommunications service providers and assists communities in developing their own communications networks. He has successfully defended local government efforts to establish and operate municipally owned systems. He has been a leading advocate for local governments before the FCC, including in key rulemakings affecting local authority to regulate placement of wireless facilities.

Involved in the development of publicly owned and nonprofit fiber networks, Joe plays an active role in the regulatory and legal debates regarding the development of open, neutral networks. He has negotiated contracts requiring the deployment of infrastructure that can be used by multiple providers to offer communications services, in return for rights to use municipal infrastructure.

Advocacy
Joe has significant experience working with Congress, federal agencies and state legislatures on legislation and regulations affecting municipalities. His practice focuses on representing cities on a broad range of communications issues.

In addition to his experience working with legislative bodies and state and federal regulatory agencies, Joe has significant litigation and appellate experience, and has successfully argued cases in most of the U.S. Courts of Appeal and before several state Supreme Courts. He has served as a special appointee to the board of directors of the Alliance for Community Media and is the recipient of the George Stoney Award, the International Municipal Lawyers Association President’s Award and the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Ovation Award. Joe is licensed to practice law in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Syracuse University, B.A., magna cum laude
  • Washington, D.C. Top Rated Lawyer in Communications Law, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
  • George Stoney Award
  • International Municipal Lawyers Association President’s Award
  • National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors’ Ovation Award
New FCC Shot Clocks and Other Rules Preempting Local Authority Over Wireless Take Effect Today
Legal Alerts Jan 14, 2019

New FCC Shot Clocks and Other Rules Preempting Local Authority Over Wireless Take Effect Today

Federal Shutdown Does Not Delay Implementation

Red Flags on Wireless: A Recent Resignation Signals Industry-Weighted Regulations Ahead
Legal Alerts Jan 30, 2018

Red Flags on Wireless: A Recent Resignation Signals Industry-Weighted Regulations Ahead

Local Governments Should Speak Up Now for Local Control

Authored Articles & Publications Jan 30, 2018

Local Government Reaction is Swift to FCC’s Wireless Regulation Actions

By Joseph Van Eaton, Gerard Lavery Lederer and Gail A. Karish

FCC Seeking Comments on Telecommunications Deployment
Legal Alerts Sep 5, 2017

FCC Seeking Comments on Telecommunications Deployment

UPDATED: Local Governments May Be Impacted; Comments Due Sept. 21

Authored Articles & Publications Jul 12, 2017

Good News for Public Agencies and Communities on Regulation of Cable Systems

By Joseph Van Eaton and Gerard Lavery Lederer

The Trump Infrastructure Plan
Legal Alerts Jan 18, 2017

The Trump Infrastructure Plan

How BB&K Can Help Your Agency Position and Respond

Regulation of Antennas In Rights of Way Based on Aesthetic Concerns Upheld
Legal Alerts Sep 28, 2016

Regulation of Antennas In Rights of Way Based on Aesthetic Concerns Upheld

Court Allows City’s Ordinance

Weaving Together the Strands of Big Data Policy and Practice in Local Government
Authored Articles & Publications Jun 29, 2016

Weaving Together the Strands of Big Data Policy and Practice in Local Government

BB&K Partner Joseph Van Eaton Co-Authors a Look at Data Use by Local Government in The State Bar of California Public Law Section’ Public Law Journal

Authored Articles & Publications May 27, 2016

Oregon Supreme Court: Right of Way Fee Can Be Levied on Internet Revenues

By Joseph Van Eaton

Authored Articles & Publications Apr 20, 2016

Cell Siting Dilemmas

By Joseph Van Eaton and Gerard Lavery Lederer

Authored Articles & Publications Apr 19, 2016

[PRESENTATION] Telecommunications 2016: The Challenges Facing Local Government

By Joseph Van Eaton and Gerard Lavery Lederer

FCC Proposed Rule Will Change Business Data Services (Also Known as “Special Access”) Marketplace
Legal Alerts Apr 14, 2016

FCC Proposed Rule Will Change Business Data Services (Also Known as “Special Access”) Marketplace

Public and Private Agencies' Rates Could Be Impacted

Authored Articles & Publications Sep 29, 2015

[PRESENTATION] A Basic Communications Law Primer for Elected Officials

By Joseph Van Eaton

Authored Articles & Publications Aug 17, 2015

FCC Regulation of Internet Video: Implications for Local Government and Community Media

By Joseph Van Eaton

Charter/Time Warner Tout Benefits, Seek Approval of Merger in State and Federal Filings
Legal Alerts Jul 13, 2015

Charter/Time Warner Tout Benefits, Seek Approval of Merger in State and Federal Filings

Local Governments Can Protect Themselves and the Public By Filing Comments

FCC Begins Review of Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable Merger
Legal Alerts Jun 30, 2015

FCC Begins Review of Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable Merger

Local Governments May Also Have Authority to Review, Raise Concerns and Seek Conditions to Protect Their Communities

Authored Articles & Publications May 27, 2015

Cellphone Tower Regulation: Maximizing Revenue While Protecting Local Interests

By Joseph Van Eaton and Gerard Lavery Lederer

Communications Technology Transitions
Legal Alerts Jan 7, 2015

Communications Technology Transitions

FCC Seeks Local Government Views

Authored Articles & Publications Nov 13, 2014

FCC: Threats and Opportunities

By Joseph Van Eaton

Authored Articles & Publications Aug 28, 2014

New Opportunities for California Arise from Mega Cable Merger

By Joseph Van Eaton and Gail A. Karish

CPUC Review of Comcast-TWC Merger Gives Cities & Schools Opportunity to Improve Broadband Services
Legal Alerts Aug 26, 2014

CPUC Review of Comcast-TWC Merger Gives Cities & Schools Opportunity to Improve Broadband Services

Discovery stage ends Oct. 1; briefs due Oct. 20

Comments Due August 25 on Comcast-Time Warner Cable-Charter Merger/Spin Off Transactions
Legal Alerts Jul 15, 2014

Comments Due August 25 on Comcast-Time Warner Cable-Charter Merger/Spin Off Transactions

FCC Sets Up Teams to Review Transactions

Authored Articles & Publications Mar 12, 2014

Municipal Cable Franchise Transfer Toolkit

By Gail A. Karish and Joseph Van Eaton

Authored Articles & Publications Mar 7, 2014

A Cable Franchise Transfer Toolkit for the Time Warner-Comcast Merger

By Gail Karish and Joseph Van Eaton

Authored Articles & Publications Nov 25, 2013

Cable Renewal – What You Need to Know

By Joseph Van Eaton

Authored Articles & Publications Sep 30, 2013

[PRESENTATION] 2013 FCC Wireless Rulemaking

By Joseph Van Eaton

Wireless Antenna Issues Paper Published at League of California Cities City Attorneys' Conference
Authored Articles & Publications Jun 1, 2012

Wireless Antenna Issues Paper Published at League of California Cities City Attorneys' Conference

By Gail Karish, Harriett Steiner, Joe Van Eaton

  • “Riverside County Issues RFP for Broadband Infrastructure,” BBKnowledge, April 5, 2017
  • “FCC Shot Clock Not Tolled by Applicant Delays or Vague Notice of Incompleteness, Court Finds,” BBKnowledge, Jan. 10, 2017
  • “Broadband Networks: FCC Says “One-Touch” Ordinance Does Not Violate Federal Law,” BBKnowledge, Nov. 2, 2016
  • “[Video] Responding to the Charter-Time Warner Cable-Bright House Merger,” BBKnowledge, Sept. 23, 2015
  • “Mapping Players in the Over-the-Top Universe,” BBKnowledge, Aug. 17, 2015
  • “Texas Takes Step Toward Approving Charter/TWC Cable Merger,” BBKnowledge, July 20, 2015
  • “Merging Cable Companies List Benefits for FCC Approval,” BBKnowledge, July 14, 2015
  • “Opportunity in FCC Review of Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable Merger,” BBKnowledge, June 30, 2015
  • “CityLinkLA: Broadband Access for All,” BBKnowledge, June 24, 2015
  • “Mega-Mergers and Impacts on Local Government,” BBKnowledge, Oct. 2, 2014
  • “Proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable-Charter Merger/Swaps/Sales Spark Thousands of Filings at the FCC; Responses Due Sept. 23,” BBKnowledge, Aug. 27, 2014
  • “Comments Due August 25 on Comcast-Time Warner Cable-Charter Merger/Spin Off Transactions,” BBKnowledge, July 15, 2014
  • “Public Comment Period Open on FCC’s Net Neutrality Proposed Rules,” BBKnowledge, May 19, 2014
  • “Cities Asking Congress to Support Dwindling Public, Educational and Government (PEG) Channels,” BBKnowledge, April 4, 2014
  • “The Fight Over Wireless Siting Heats Up . . . And Moves Into the Halls of the FCC,” BBKnowledge, March 10, 2014
  • “Responding to the Time Warner–Comcast Merger: Why Your Community Should Get Involved,” BBKnowledge, Feb. 14, 2014
  • “How Will Arlington v. F.C.C. Affect the Future Development of Telecommunications Law? (Or Will It Have Any Effect?),” BBKnowledge, Feb. 6, 2014
  • “Local Governments and Industry Providers Comment on FCC Rulemaking,” BBKnowledge, Feb. 5, 2014
  • “Court Decision Threatens Open Internet; Guts FCC “Net Neutrality” Rules,” BBKnowledge, Jan. 14, 2014
  • “Court Denies Cell-Tower Company’s Challenge to Initiative Requiring Voter-Approval Before City Can Lease Property,” BB&K Legal Alert, Dec. 17, 2013  
Event Mar 30-31, 2019

IMLA 2019 Mid-Year Seminar

International Municipal Lawyers Association

Event Oct 17-21, 2018

IMLA 2018 Annual Conference

International Municipal Lawyers Association

Event Aug 27-29, 2018

2018 NATOA Annual Conference

National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

BB&K Partner Joseph Van Eaton Recognized by Super Lawyers D.C.
Press Releases May 1, 2018

BB&K Partner Joseph Van Eaton Recognized by Super Lawyers D.C.

Telecommunications Law Veteran Again Earns Spot on Prestigious List

Event Apr 21-22, 2018

Telecommunications, Disaster Planning and Clean Water Act Updates

IMLA Mid-Year Seminar

Event Apr 19, 2018

Cell Tower Zoning & Placement: Navigating Recent FCC Changes

MyLawCLE

Small Cell Guidance Sought from BB&K
BB&K In the News Dec 26, 2017

Small Cell Guidance Sought from BB&K

A New York Village Hires Firm, Reports The Journal News

Lawsuit Challenging Local Authority Over Right of Way Dismissed
Client Successes Dec 18, 2017

Lawsuit Challenging Local Authority Over Right of Way Dismissed

Partner Joseph Van Eaton Represents City in Small Cell Placement Dispute

Event Nov 3, 2017

Broadband Future: Federal Law and Policy Update

TATOA Annual Conference

Event Oct 14-18, 2017

IMLA's 82nd Annual Conference

International Municipal Lawyers Association

Event Sep 11-14, 2017

NATOA 2017 Annual Conference

National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

6th Circuit Vacates and Remands FCC Rules
BB&K In the News Aug 22, 2017

6th Circuit Vacates and Remands FCC Rules

Law360 Interviews Partner Joseph Van Eaton who Rep’d Local Communities

Sixth Circuit Overturns FCC Cable Order
Client Successes Jul 20, 2017

Sixth Circuit Overturns FCC Cable Order

Partner Joseph Van Eaton Represented a Coalition of Communities

Event Jun 12, 2017

Wireless in the Rights of Way and on Public Property

SCAMPS Annual Meeting

Event May 17, 2017

Cell and Wireless Tower Law

National Business Institute Webcast

Telecommunications Law Attorney Joseph Van Eaton Selected to Super Lawyers D.C.
Press Releases Apr 24, 2017

Telecommunications Law Attorney Joseph Van Eaton Selected to Super Lawyers D.C.

Washington, D.C.-Based Partner Recognized for Communications

Event Apr 21-24, 2017

IMLA’s 2017 Mid-Year Seminar

International Municipal Lawyers Association

BB&K In the News Apr 4, 2017

Riverside County Seeks Investors for Broadband Initiative

BB&K Assisted with RFP Drafting

Event Mar 27-28, 2017

An Ocean of Information

SEATOA'S 2017 Annual Broadband & PEG Conference

Event Feb 28, 2017

Webinar: Wireless Siting Rules

MyLawCLE Event Co-Sponsored with the Federal Bar

Event Sep 28 - Oct 2, 2016

IMLA’s 81st Annual Conference

International Municipal Lawyers Association

Event Sep 19-22, 2016

NATOA 2016 Annual Conference

National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

Event Sep 9, 2016

Cell and Wireless Tower Law

Live Video Webcast

Event May 12, 2016

Cellphone Tower Regulation: Maximizing Revenue While Protecting Local Interests

Strafford

Event Apr 16-17, 2016

2016 Mid-Year Seminar

International Municipal Lawyers Association

Event Mar 29, 2016

Policy and Legal Frameworks for a Citywide Gigabit Network

Smart Gigabit LA

Event Oct 4-6, 2015

2015 IMLA Annual Conference

International Municipal Lawyers Association

Event Sep 9, 2015

2015 NATOA Annual Conference

National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

Event Aug 12, 2015

ReDiscover Community Media

Alliance for Community Media's 2015 Annual Conference

Event Apr 24-27, 2015

IMLA’s 2015 Mid-Year Seminar

International Municipal Lawyers Association

Event Feb 19, 2015

Deployment of Wireless Facilities

Law Seminars International

Event Nov 13-14, 2014

Deployment of Wireless Facilities

Law Seminars International

Event Oct 17, 2014

Federal Telecommunications Law: Threats and Opportunities for Texas Cities

Texas Coalition of Cities for Utility Issues

Event Oct 1, 2014

Impacts of Changing Markets on Localism and Franchise Renewal and Cable Regulation in the Digital World

National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

Event Sep 10-12, 2014

BB&K Attorneys Appeared on Panels Covering Telecommunications, the Environment, Hot Federal Issues and More

IMLA 2014 Annual Conference

Presentations