Nicholas P. Miller

Partner

Tel: (202) 370-5309

Location(s)

At a Glance

Nick represents local governments and joint powers authorities in the regulation, procurement, deployment and operation of modern telecommunications systems. 

He is well known for the telecommunications transactions he has negotiated on behalf of local governments.

Nick worked with international multilateral agencies engaged in telecommunications policy advice to developing countries.

Nicholas P. Miller advises local governments on the law and policy governing modern wireline and wireless telecommunications networks, and the legislative aspects of communications law. A partner in Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Municipal Law practice group in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, Nick represents local governments and joint powers authorities across the nation in the regulation, procurement, deployment and operation of modern telecommunications systems. 

Telecommunications Law

Nick is well known for the many telecommunications transactions he has negotiated on behalf of local governments, including cable television franchises, right-of-way agreements, fiber optic and wireless partnerships, and government owned and operated telecommunications networks. He works extensively with the national local government associations, as well as individual communities, before the Federal Communications Commission and Congress.

Federal Advocacy

Nick’s practice focuses on federal law and policy with particular emphasis on the legislative aspects of communications law. He previously served on the staff of the U.S. Senate, where he worked on natural gas, energy taxes, energy conservation, and federal budget reform. He served as U. S. Senate Communications Counsel and as special consultant to the White House on telephone deregulation issues.

Nick worked with international multilateral agencies engaged in telecommunications policy advice to developing countries. He represented local governments in lobbying the Cable Act of 1984 and 1992, the AT&T divestiture and the Telecommunications Act of 1996. He represented the national coalition of education groups in the development of the school and library universal service discount program established by the 1996 Act.

Prior to joining the firm in 2011, he was a name partner of Miller & Van Eaton, a nationally recognized telecommunications law firm. He is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association, and an honorary lifetime member and 1995 Member of the Year of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors. He is also a member of the International Municipal Lawyers Association, which named him Associate Member of the Year for 2008. 

Nick served in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam. He was a founding partner of the Washington, D.C. law firm of Miller and Holbrooke. He is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and District of Columbia circuits.

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Washington


Education

  • University of Washington, J.D. 
  • University of Washington, B.A., economics

Awards

  • Washington, D.C. Top Rated Lawyer in Communications Law, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
  • IMLA Associate Member of the Year, 2008
  • NATOA, Lifetime Member. 2000
  • NATOA, Member of the Year, 1995
  • Newmyer Award, Sidwell Friends School, 1993
  • McDonald, Hoague & Bayless Scholarship, 1973

 

FCC Should Use Scalpel, Not Ax to Preempt State Laws Limiting Muni-Broadband
Authored Articles & Publications Feb 12, 2015

FCC Should Use Scalpel, Not Ax to Preempt State Laws Limiting Muni-Broadband

BB&K's Nicholas Miller Discusses the FCC's Plans to Preempt State Laws Limiting Broadband Networks Owned by Municipalities

  • FCC Moves to Preempt State Broadband Limits,” BBKnowledge, Feb. 17, 2015
  • Government Accountability Office Study Emphasizes Need for Municipal Broadband Systems,” BBKnowledge, March 25, 2014
  • Presentation: Cell Tower Issues: New Rulemaking and New Issues,” BBKnowledge, Feb. 5, 2014
  • “Federal Communications Commission Seeking Comments on Intentional Wireless Service Interruptions,” BB&K Legal Alert, May 10, 2012
  • “HR 3630 Mandates Some Local Governments to Abandon Public Safety Radio T-Band,” BB&K Legal Alert, Feb. 28, 2012
  • “New Law Creates and Funds New National Public Safety Broadband Network,” BB&K Legal Alert, Feb. 27, 2012
  • “New Federal Law Changes Local Zoning Rules for Wireless Antenna Sitings,” BB&K Legal Alert, Feb. 23, 2012
  • “Cities Appeal to FCC Over Public Rights of Way,” The Daily Journal, Oct. 3, 2011
  • “FCC Comment Period Extended to Sept. 30 for Broadband Acceleration Inquiry,” BB&K Legal Alert, Aug. 22, 2011
  • “The FCC’s Threat to Local Zoning and Right-of-Way Authority: Critical Deadline Looms,” Western City Magazine, Aug. 1, 2011
  • “Municipalities Fear FCC Will Issue Broadband Rules,” The Daily Journal, July 27, 2011
  • “Local Government Groups Urge FCC Not to Regulate Local Rights-of-Way,” BB&K Legal Alert, July 26, 2011
  • “Local Government Groups Urge FCC to Reject Regulating Local Rights-of-Way For Cell Phone Towers, Broadband,” BB&K Press Releases, July 25, 2011
Client Successes May 25, 2016

BB&K Secures Nonprofit Status of Group Working in Haiti

  • “How Your Community Can Respond to the Comcast - Time Warner Merger,” BB&K Webinar, April 24, 2014
  • “The Accelerating 4G LTE Buildout: Local Land Use Approval Issues at Fifth Annual Advanced Conference on Wireless Communications and Advanced Services,” Law Seminars International, Oct. 28, 2013
  • “Telecom Policy in an IP World,” Texas Coalition of Cities for Utility Issues Fall Seminar, Oct. 18, 2013
  • “Distributed Antenna Systems/Cell Tower Issues and Other FCC Developments Presentation,” Texas Coalition of Cities for Utility Issues Fall Seminar, Oct. 18, 2013
  • “What Issues are Building and How Do They Affect Local Governments?” IMLA Annual Meeting, Sept. 30, 2013
  • “Navigating the IP Transition,” NATOA Annual Conference, Sept. 16, 2013