Telecommunications

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 | Comprehensive Code Enforcement | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Municipal Law | Water Quality
Areas of Focus: Business Transactions | Government Relations | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Public Safety | Telecommunications
Syrus Devers

Syrus Devers

Director of Governmental Affairs

syrus.devers@bbklaw.com

(916) 329-3681

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Relations | Telecommunications
Areas of Focus: Government Relations | Municipal Law | Public Safety | Special Districts | Telecommunications | Transportation
Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Relations | Municipal Law | Public Safety | Telecommunications
Areas of Focus: California Public Utilities Commission | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Public Safety | 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 | Real Estate | Telecommunications
Areas of Focus: Municipal Law | Telecommunications
Areas of Focus: Government Relations | Municipal Law | Telecommunications
Areas of Focus: California Public Utilities Commission | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Fees, Taxes & Assessments | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Telecommunications
Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Fees, Taxes & Assessments | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Telecommunications
Areas of Focus: Government Relations | Municipal Law | Public Safety | Telecommunications
BB&K Wins Appeal of FCC Media Ownership Rules
Client Successes Nov 21, 2019

BB&K Wins Appeal of FCC Media Ownership Rules

Prometheus Radio Project v. FCC

FCC Denies Cable Franchise Order Stay Request But Provides Implementation Guidance
Legal Alerts Nov 12, 2019

FCC Denies Cable Franchise Order Stay Request But Provides Implementation Guidance

Deadline for Appeal Coming Soon

Reminder: New Federal 911 Law Goes Into Effect in February
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

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

Event Sep 24, 2019

2019 NATOA Annual Conference

National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

Event Sep 18, 2019

IMLA 2019 Annual Conference

International Municipal Lawyers Association

[WEBINAR] Understanding and Responding to the FCC Cable In-Kind and Mixed Use Order
Videos Sep 06, 2019

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

BB&K Free Webinar

Understanding and Responding to the FCC Cable In-Kind and Mixed Use Order
BB&K Webinar Sep 05, 2019

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

BB&K Free Webinar

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

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

FCC’s OTARD Rule Proposal: Comment Period Open
Authored Articles & Publications May 06, 2019

FCC’s OTARD Rule Proposal: Comment Period Open

Partner Gerry Lederer Discusses New Developments in PublicCEO

FCC Actions Impacting the Public Right of Way
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

Further FCC Assault on Local Zoning
Legal Alerts Apr 22, 2019

Further FCC Assault on Local Zoning

Join Coalition to Fight Proposed Expansion of OTARD Rule

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

Event Mar 30, 2019

IMLA 2019 Mid-Year Seminar

International Municipal Lawyers Association

CPUC Proceedings of Note: PG&E Restructuring, Undergrounding and Wildfire Mitigation
Legal Alerts Jan 14, 2019

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

Public Agencies Will Be Impacted by Various Actions

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

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

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

Event Nov 01, 2018

Overcoming Barriers and Obstacles to Facilitate 5G Deployment

Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S.

Event Oct 17, 2018

IMLA 2018 Annual Conference

International Municipal Lawyers Association

FCC Takes First of Two Actions: Could Cost Local Government Billions in Next Decade
Legal Alerts Sep 25, 2018

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

Communities Coalition Forming Now

Proposed FCC Actions Will Limit Local Control and Cut Revenues
Legal Alerts Sep 12, 2018

Proposed FCC Actions Will Limit Local Control and Cut Revenues

Immediate Action Needed — Community Coalition Forming

Event Aug 27, 2018

2018 NATOA Annual Conference

National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

Public Agencies and GDPR Compliance
Legal Alerts Aug 13, 2018

Public Agencies and GDPR Compliance

Government Entities Should Evaluate Data Collection and Use Practices

FCC Bans Moratoria on Communications Facilities Deployment
Legal Alerts Aug 08, 2018

FCC Bans Moratoria on Communications Facilities Deployment

FCC Bans Moratoria on Communications Facilities Deployment

Federal Draft Infrastructure Bill Released
Legal Alerts Jul 26, 2018

Federal Draft Infrastructure Bill Released

Aims to Provide Revenue to Repair Failing Infrastructure

Event Jul 23, 2018

Industry’s Recent Assault of Cable Franchises and Next Steps for Locals

National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

Event Jun 21, 2018

2018 Small Cells Symposium

Maryland Association of Counties

[WEBINAR] Automated Vehicle Pilot Project Risks and Smart Infrastructure
May 15, 2018

[WEBINAR] Automated Vehicle Pilot Project Risks and Smart Infrastructure

BB&K Webinar

BB&K Webinar May 15, 2018

Automated Vehicle Pilot Project Risks and Smart Infrastructure

BB&K Free Webinar

Event May 08, 2018

ACWA CLE Workshop & Spring Conference

Association of California Water Agencies

Cell Tower Landlord’s Checklist
Legal Alerts May 07, 2018

Cell Tower Landlord’s Checklist

Know Your Rights Amid Mobile Carrier Mega Mergers

Event May 02, 2018

LCC City Attorneys' Spring Conference

League of California Cities

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

Event Apr 21, 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

Event Apr 05, 2018

Small Cell, Right of Way, Franchise and More

WATOA Annual Conference

Event Mar 16, 2018

Legal and Practical Issues Surrounding Uses of PEG Funding

ACM Western Region Conference

Event Mar 16, 2018

Public, Educational and Government Access Television Update

ACM Western States Regional Conference

Roads of the Future Today
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

Event Mar 15, 2018

The Trump Administration’s Antitrust Challenge to the Proposed AT&T and Warner Merger

UCR School of Public Policy

Event Mar 03, 2018

2018 NACo Legislative Conference

New Federal 911 Law Could Impact Many Public Agencies and Businesses
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

BB&K Webinar Feb 13, 2018

Free Municipal Law Webinar Series from BB&K

Legal Issues that Matter Most to California Cities

Federal Infrastructure Outline Released
Legal Alerts Feb 12, 2018

Federal Infrastructure Outline Released

Details Local Agencies Need are Included

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

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

[WEBINAR] Laying the Foundation for Maximizing Benefits Around Emerging Technologies
Jan 25, 2018

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

BB&K Municipal Law Webinar Series

Event Jan 25, 2018

Broadband Deployment: Federal & State Threats to City Property and Authorities

U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting 2018

Event Jan 19, 2018

Planning, Zoning, and Development Law – A Heapin’ Helping of Housing, and So Much More

Land Use Law and Planning Conference 2018 Program

2018 California Public Agency Laws – Part III
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

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 30, 2017

Cell Tower Zoning and Placement: Navigating Recent FCC Changes

NBI Seminar

Event Nov 17, 2017

Cell Tower/Telecom Issues

Iowa Municipal Attorney Association's Annual Seminar

Event Nov 03, 2017

Broadband Future: Federal Law and Policy Update

TATOA Annual Conference

Small Cell Antennas Debated at Public Meeting
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

Event Oct 19, 2017

Municipal Management of Cellphone Towers, DAS and Small Cell Deployments

Strafford Webinar

SB 649 Small Cell Bill Vetoed by California Governor
Legal Alerts Oct 16, 2017

SB 649 Small Cell Bill Vetoed by California Governor

Victory for Local Governments

Event Oct 14, 2017

IMLA's 82nd Annual Conference

International Municipal Lawyers Association

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

SB 649 Barely Passes Out of California Legislature
Legal Alerts Sep 19, 2017

SB 649 Barely Passes Out of California Legislature

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

Partner Gerard  Lederer Files Opposition to FCC Broadband Infrastructure Plans
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

Event Sep 15, 2017

Legal and Policy Considerations of Automated Vehicles: Balancing Innovation and Regulation

The Seminar Group

Event Sep 11, 2017

NATOA 2017 Annual Conference

National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

FCC Seeking Comments on Telecommunications Deployment
Legal Alerts Sep 05, 2017

FCC Seeking Comments on Telecommunications Deployment

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

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

Cable Operators Reduced Franchise Fee to Municipalities Not Permitted
Client Successes Aug 16, 2017

Cable Operators Reduced Franchise Fee to Municipalities Not Permitted

BB&K Attorneys Win in California Federal Court

Telecommunications Law Attorney John Gasparini Joins BB&K
Press Releases Aug 11, 2017

Telecommunications Law Attorney John Gasparini Joins BB&K

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

Event Aug 07, 2017

Right of Way Control and Compensation

eNATOA Webinar

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 Jul 17, 2017

The Wooden Pole – Your Most High-Tech Infrastructure

NARUC Summer Policy Summit

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

Event Jul 11, 2017

Federal Advocacy and Policy

ACM 2017 Annual Conference

Authored Articles & Publications Jun 28, 2017

Copper Retirement in Rural Communities

By John Gasparini

Event Jun 12, 2017

Wireless in the Rights of Way and on Public Property

SCAMPS Annual Meeting

UPDATE: Real Fight Begins Over SB 649 in California Assembly
Legal Alerts Jun 12, 2017

UPDATE: Real Fight Begins Over SB 649 in California Assembly

Small Cell Bill Curtails Local Discretionary Review and Rates

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

Event May 24, 2017

Local Permitting Issues in Wireless Telecommunications, Including SB 649

SANBAG Planning and Development Technical Forum

New Potential Threats to Communities from the FCC
Legal Alerts May 17, 2017

New Potential Threats to Communities from the FCC

Comments Due Soon — BB&K Coalition Formed to Respond

Event May 11, 2017

SCAN NATOA Conference and STAR Awards Ceremony

2017 STAR Awards

Event Apr 27, 2017

Wireless Telecommunications: What Every Local Government Needs to Know

WATOA Annual Spring Conference

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, 2017

IMLA’s 2017 Mid-Year Seminar

International Municipal Lawyers Association

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

California Small Cell Bill Curtails Local Discretionary Review and Rates
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

Event Mar 27, 2017

An Ocean of Information

SEATOA'S 2017 Annual Broadband & PEG Conference

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

Event Mar 10, 2017

Dealing with DIVCA: The Issues and Strategies

ACM Western Regional Conference and Trade Show – Cultivating Community

Event Feb 28, 2017

Webinar: Wireless Siting Rules

MyLawCLE Event Co-Sponsored with the Federal Bar

BB&K In the News Feb 13, 2017

Tech Tools: Partner Gerard Lederer Shares His Favorite with Washington Lawyer

It’s About Connection

Event Jan 27, 2017

Planning, Zoning, and Development Law Update

UCLA Extension's 31st Annual Land Use Law & Planning Conference

The Trump Infrastructure Plan
Legal Alerts Jan 18, 2017

The Trump Infrastructure Plan

How BB&K Can Help Your Agency Position and Respond

Event Jan 17, 2017

Webinar: Telecommunications Issues in the Trump Administration

Virginia Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

HUD Issues New Broadband Mandates
Authored Articles & Publications Jan 10, 2017

HUD Issues New Broadband Mandates

Rules Ensure Broadband-Ready Developments