Best Best & Krieger LLP lawyers have been among the leading advocates on telecommunications issues for more than three decades. We are especially well-known for our effective and cost-efficient representation of more than 250 public agencies throughout the U.S., including municipal and county governments, special districts, publicly owned utilities, school districts and regional public safety groups.
We guide our public clients through the ever-changing maze of federal and state regulations that affect local agencies’ authority to:

  • Build and finance communications systems and provide services
  • Regulate the placement of wireless and wireline facilities
  • Franchise cable and other systems using the rights of way
  • Obtain fair compensation for use of public property 

We also represent private businesses, including smaller telecommunications companies and nonprofits, in disputes and negotiations with utilities and large telecommunications and cable service providers.
We maintain a strong presence in Washington, D.C., where our lawyers are highly respected and regularly meet with key members of the Federal Communications Commission and Congress on issues critical to our clients.
Comprehensive Service
BB&K attorneys take a proactive approach by anticipating issues, advocating for clients and helping to shape policy while providing insights that allow our clients to avoid costly errors in planning and implementing major telecommunications projects.
We provide comprehensive counsel on cutting-edge issues and traditional concerns. Combining legal experience with communications business and technology knowledge, we advise on all facets of telecommunications law, regulation business and policy. Further, we regularly and successfully represent clients before federal and state legislators, regulators and commissions, and in FCC proceedings, administrative hearings and enforcement proceedings, as well as in trial and appellate courts.

Areas of Experience:

  • Broadband planning and deployment
  • Cable television
  • Wireless communications
  • Regulation and deployment of wireless and cellular networks
  • Business matters
  • Tower siting
  • Broadcasting
  • Telephony
  • Interplay of federal and state regulations
  • Franchise operations, management and renewals
  • Cell site and cell tower licensing, leasing programs and agreements
  • Spectrum set-asides and use
  • Trademark protection
  • Infrastructure development
  • Fees and taxes
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Financing
  • Bankruptcy and restructurings
  • Government relations
  • Access and rights of way
  • Public safety, emergency services and public, educational and governmental access channels
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Fixed, mobile and broadband wireless communications
  • Environmental, permitting, zoning, and land use issues
  • FCC rulemaking and policy
  • Procurement
  • Merger and acquisition reviews
  • Rate-setting and taxing authority
  • First Amendment and other constitutional matters
  • Privacy and public records
  • Transactional matters
  • Establishment of communications networks and obtaining low-cost, high-speed fiber network access
  • Indefeasible rights of use

How Can Government Relations Help You?

Environmental, water, telecommunications and transportation projects by both public agencies and businesses can benefit from our advocacy services. Let us help you be heard!

Learn more about BB&K's Government Relations services.

Areas of Focus: Charters & Internal Organizations | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Municipal Law | Water Quality

Syrus Devers

Director of Governmental Affairs

(916) 329-3681

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Relations | Telecommunications
Areas of Focus: Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Public-Private Partnerships | Real Estate | Telecommunications
Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Relations | Municipal Law | Telecommunications
Areas of Focus: California Public Utilities Commission | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Public-Private Partnerships | Telecommunications
Areas of Focus: Business Litigation | Environmental Litigation | Labor & Employment Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Areas of Focus: Government Relations | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Telecommunications
Areas of Focus: Business | Government Relations | Municipal Law | Real Estate | Telecommunications
Areas of Focus: Municipal Law | Telecommunications
Free Webinar Jul 15, 2021

Understanding and Integrating the Sixth Circuit’s Cable Order

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Now That You Have ARPA Funds – What’s Next?

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Legal Alerts Jun 18, 2021

Treasury Releases ARPA State and Local Recovery Funding Compliance and Reporting Requirements/Deadlines

Guidance Includes Four Key Principles to Know

Press Releases Jun 17, 2021

BB&K Completes Request for Review of FCC Small Cell Rules Before the Supreme Court

Communities Fighting for Local Control Over Public Right of Way

Legal Alerts May 26, 2021

Federal Appeals Court Partially Reverses FCC’s Cable Ruling; Preempts City of Eugene’s Broadband Fee

Offset for In-Kind Services Limited to Marginal Costs, not Market Value

Legal Alerts May 10, 2021

U.S. Treasury Releases Guidance on the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

Six Ways the Funds Can be Used

Press Releases May 03, 2021

Telecommunications Law Attorney Cheryl Leanza Joins BB&K

Based in Washington, D.C., She Brings Extensive Litigation and Advocacy Experience

Event Apr 19, 2021

Water, Cable Franchising and Federal Communications Updates

International Municipal Lawyers Association 2021 Mid-Year Seminar

Legal Alerts Apr 12, 2021

AB 537 Creates a “Deemed Granted” Remedy for all Wireless Applications, Including Small Cells

Assembly Local Government Committee Hearing Set for Wednesday, April 14

Legal Alerts Apr 08, 2021

California Small Cell Bill to Severely Limit Local Government Control of Street Lights and Traffic Signal Poles

Oppose SB 556: Hearing Set for April 19

Free Webinar Mar 04, 2021

Regulating OTARDS: The Other Small Cells

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Legal Alerts Feb 03, 2021

FCC Continues to Undercut Local Authority on OTARD

Oversight of Satellite Dishes and Certain Antennas Curtailed

Legal Alerts Jan 05, 2021

FCC Further Regulates Artificial or Prerecorded Voice Calls

Public Agencies Using Robocalls Have New Limitations/Obligations

Legal Alerts Jan 05, 2021

New Public Agency Laws on Safety, Finance, Contracting and More

Part 1: New Laws Impacting California Public Agencies for 2021

BB&K In the News Dec 29, 2020

5G and Municipal Rights of Way

Partner Gerry Lederer Participates in Recorded Debate Organized by Broadband Breakfast

Legal Alerts Dec 15, 2020

FCC Clarifies That Prohibitions on Robocalls Apply to Local Governments

Telephone Consumer Protection Act and Public Agencies

Legal Alerts Nov 17, 2020

Cell Site Landlords: Expect Increase in Requests to Install Generators

Don’t Surrender Your Property Rights

BB&K Webinar Nov 05, 2020

Be Aware of Hot Telecommunications Issues in 2020-2021

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Legal Alerts Oct 13, 2020

New Macro Cell Tower Emergency Generator Law in California

Cities and Counties Must be Ready for Jan. 1 Effective Date

Press Releases Sep 22, 2020

Partner Gerry Lederer Received IMLA Outstanding Associate Member Award

Recognized for Going “Above and Beyond” in Achievements and Contributions to Organization

Event Sep 21, 2020

IMLA 2020 Annual Conference

International Municipal Lawyers Association

Event Aug 31, 2020

NATOA Annual Conference

National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

Press Releases Aug 20, 2020

36 BB&K Attorneys Recognized on The Best Lawyers in America List for 2021

Three Named “Lawyers of the Year” and One Included on “Ones to Watch” List

Legal Alerts Aug 17, 2020

5G Infrastructure Decision Mixed for Local Governments

Ninth Circuit Takes on FCC Small Cell Orders

Legal Alerts Jun 22, 2020

FCC Adopts Rules that Could Impact Concealment of Wireless Infrastructure

How Communities Can Respond

Event Apr 22, 2020

IMLA’s 2020 Mid-Year Seminar

International Municipal Lawyers Association

BB&K In the News Apr 09, 2020

Partner Joseph Van Eaton Discusses Clash Between Cities and Wireless Industry Over 5G During COVID-19

Law360: Local Control Over Infrastructure at Stake

Authored Articles & Publications Feb 13, 2020

PublicCEO: BB&K Municipal Law Team Discusses New Public Agency Laws - Part 2

Land Use, Telecommunications, Environmental and More

BB&K In the News Feb 11, 2020

BB&K Partner Joseph Van Eaton Argues Against FCC Order in Ninth Circuit

Representing Cities in Sprint v. FCC

Legal Alerts Jan 15, 2020

New Laws 2020 Roundup

New Public Agency, California Public Records Act, Education and Labor & Employment Laws

Legal Alerts Jan 13, 2020

New Environmental and Telecommunications Laws

Part 3: California Laws Impacting Public Agencies for 2020

Press Releases Jan 02, 2020

Eight BB&K Attorneys Promoted to Partner

Additional Changes at Firm Reflect Growth, Diversification

Legal Alerts Dec 13, 2019

FCC Takes Action on Wireless RF Emissions Standards

Will this Quell Public Concerns About the Safety of 5G Deployments?

Client Successes Nov 21, 2019

BB&K Wins Appeal of FCC Media Ownership Rules

Prometheus Radio Project v. FCC

Legal Alerts Nov 12, 2019

FCC Denies Cable Franchise Order Stay Request But Provides Implementation Guidance

Deadline for Appeal Coming Soon

Legal Alerts Oct 31, 2019

Reminder: New Federal 911 Law Goes Into Effect in February

Kari’s Law Sets New Requirements for Multi-Line Telephone Systems

Authored Articles & Publications Oct 18, 2019

A Texas Bill Reducing Telecom Right of Way Fees Could Set Trends in Other States

In the Practical Law Journal, BB&K Partner Gerard Lederer Explains How Such Laws Could Impact Cities’ Revenue

Videos Sep 06, 2019

[WEBINAR] Understanding and Responding to the FCC Cable In-Kind and Mixed Use Order

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Legal Alerts Aug 06, 2019

FCC Releases Cable Order that Will Cost Communities Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

BB&K Summarizes Order’s Four Major Elements and Offers Response Options

BB&K In the News Jul 08, 2019

Partner Gerry Lederer Discusses Cities’ 5G Challenges with the Wall Street Journal

Communities Are Having a Hard Time Keeping Up with Wiring Permits

Authored Articles & Publications May 06, 2019

FCC’s OTARD Rule Proposal: Comment Period Open

Partner Gerry Lederer Discusses New Developments in PublicCEO

BB&K In the News May 02, 2019

FCC Actions Impacting the Public Right of Way

Listen to Partner Gail Karish’s National Planning Conference Presentation in a GovLove Podcast

Legal Alerts Apr 22, 2019

Further FCC Assault on Local Zoning

Join Coalition to Fight Proposed Expansion of OTARD Rule

Legal Alerts Apr 04, 2019

Ordinance Regulating Aesthetics of Wireless in Public Rights of Way OK’d by California Supreme Court

Decision in T-Mobile West LLC v. City and County of San Francisco a Victory for Local Government

Legal Alerts Jan 14, 2019

CPUC Proceedings of Note: PG&E Restructuring, Undergrounding and Wildfire Mitigation

Public Agencies Will Be Impacted by Various Actions

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

Legal Alerts Jan 09, 2019

New Year, New Laws Impacting Public Agencies in California – Part I

2019 Brings Changes to Election, Revenue, Conflict of Interest, Property and Public Safety Laws… and More

Press Releases Dec 19, 2018

Cities’ Struggles to Meet Obligations Are Real — BB&K Municipal Law Team Grows to Help

New and Expanded Services and More Attorneys and Staff Added in 2018

Legal Alerts Sep 25, 2018

FCC Takes First of Two Actions: Could Cost Local Government Billions in Next Decade

Communities Coalition Forming Now

Legal Alerts Sep 12, 2018

Proposed FCC Actions Will Limit Local Control and Cut Revenues

Immediate Action Needed — Community Coalition Forming

Legal Alerts Aug 13, 2018

Public Agencies and GDPR Compliance

Government Entities Should Evaluate Data Collection and Use Practices

Legal Alerts Aug 08, 2018

FCC Bans Moratoria on Communications Facilities Deployment

FCC Bans Moratoria on Communications Facilities Deployment

Legal Alerts Jul 26, 2018

Federal Draft Infrastructure Bill Released

Aims to Provide Revenue to Repair Failing Infrastructure

May 15, 2018

[WEBINAR] Automated Vehicle Pilot Project Risks and Smart Infrastructure

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Legal Alerts May 07, 2018

Cell Tower Landlord’s Checklist

Know Your Rights Amid Mobile Carrier Mega Mergers

Press Releases May 01, 2018

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

Telecommunications Law Veteran Again Earns Spot on Prestigious List

Authored Articles & Publications Mar 16, 2018

Roads of the Future Today

BB&K Attorney Gregory Rodriguez Writes on the Latest Legal and Regulatory Considerations for Autonomous Vehicles in PublicCEO

Legal Alerts Feb 16, 2018

New Federal 911 Law Could Impact Many Public Agencies and Businesses

Kari’s Law Sets New Requirements for Multi-Line Telephone Systems

Legal Alerts Feb 12, 2018

Federal Infrastructure Outline Released

Details Local Agencies Need are Included

Legal Alerts Jan 31, 2018

A Peek Inside the Trump Infrastructure Plan: What Local Government Agencies Should Know

The State of the Union Address and a Leaked Memo Give the Insight We’ve Been Waiting For

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

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

Jan 25, 2018

[WEBINAR] Laying the Foundation for Maximizing Benefits Around Emerging Technologies

BB&K Municipal Law Webinar Series

Legal Alerts Jan 11, 2018

2018 California Public Agency Laws – Part III

Cannabis, LAFCO Law and a Round Up of Other New Laws Impacting Public Agencies

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

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

BB&K In the News Oct 26, 2017

Small Cell Antennas Debated at Public Meeting

BB&K Partner Gerard Lederer Discussed Small Cell Tower Regulations with Maryland Residents, WTOP Reports

Legal Alerts Oct 16, 2017

SB 649 Small Cell Bill Vetoed by California Governor

Victory for Local Governments

Sep 20, 2017

[WEBINAR] Cell Tower and Small Cell Law: A Regulatory and Transactional Primer

BB&K Municipal Law Webinar Series

Authored Articles & Publications Sep 20, 2017

The Little Hoover Commission Issues Report on Special Districts

By Whitney Blackhurst

Legal Alerts Sep 19, 2017

SB 649 Barely Passes Out of California Legislature

Governor has Until Oct. 15 to Veto Controversial Small Cell Bill

BB&K In the News Sep 15, 2017

Partner Gerard Lederer Files Opposition to FCC Broadband Infrastructure Plans

Filed on Behalf of Tech Officers from Six Cities, Law360 Reports

Legal Alerts Sep 05, 2017

FCC Seeking Comments on Telecommunications Deployment

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

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

Client Successes Aug 16, 2017

Cable Operators Reduced Franchise Fee to Municipalities Not Permitted

BB&K Attorneys Win in California Federal Court

Press Releases Aug 11, 2017

Telecommunications Law Attorney John Gasparini Joins BB&K

Will Serve Clients from our Washington, D.C. Office

Client Successes Jul 20, 2017

Sixth Circuit Overturns FCC Cable Order

Partner Joseph Van Eaton Represented a Coalition of Communities

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

Legal Alerts Jun 12, 2017

UPDATE: Real Fight Begins Over SB 649 in California Assembly

Small Cell Bill Curtails Local Discretionary Review and Rates

Legal Alerts May 25, 2017

NO DEAL! SB 649 Passed Out of Appropriations Committee Without Amendment

This Small Cell Bill Curtails Local Discretionary Review and Rates

Legal Alerts May 17, 2017

New Potential Threats to Communities from the FCC

Comments Due Soon — BB&K Coalition Formed to Respond

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

Legal Alerts Apr 19, 2017

CPUC Rulemaking Opens Door to Revisit Impacts of Wireless in Public Rights of Way

Local Governments Should Respond by May 3

Legal Alerts Apr 18, 2017

California Small Cell Bill Curtails Local Discretionary Review and Rates

Local Governments Need to Voice Their Concerns Before April 26 Hearing

BB&K In the News Apr 04, 2017

Riverside County Seeks Investors for Broadband Initiative

BB&K Assisted with RFP Drafting

Press Releases Mar 23, 2017

BB&K Breaks on to Los Angeles Business Journal’s Top Law Firms List

Firm’s Los Angeles Office Makes Debut at No. 173

Legal Alerts Jan 18, 2017

The Trump Infrastructure Plan

How BB&K Can Help Your Agency Position and Respond

Authored Articles & Publications Jan 10, 2017

HUD Issues New Broadband Mandates

Rules Ensure Broadband-Ready Developments

Legal Alerts Sep 28, 2016

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

Court Allows City’s Ordinance

BB&K In the News Aug 02, 2016

Public-Private Partnerships in Municipal Broadband Internet

By Seth Merewitz

BB&K In the News Jul 05, 2016

Kansas City is a Rare Market of Broadband Competition in a Fast-Consolidating World

BB&K Attorney Drew Clark Discusses Broadband Demand in Cities with The Kansas City Star

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 19, 2016

[PRESENTATION] Telecommunications 2016: The Challenges Facing Local Government

By Joseph Van Eaton and Gerard Lavery Lederer

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

Legal Alerts Feb 19, 2016

FCC Opens Door to New Regime of Multichannel Video Programming

FCC Will Seek Comments

Legal Alerts Jan 22, 2016

PEG Fees Set by Ordinance Under California Video Franchise Law Are Not Taxes Subject to Prop. 26

State AG Opinion Could Positively Impact Many Local Governments

Legal Alerts Dec 18, 2015

New California Laws Impacting Public Agencies

This comprehensive round-up includes new legislation that will impact cities, counties, special districts and schools.

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

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