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.

Jane F. Abzug

Jane F. Abzug

Associate

(310) 220-2170

Areas of Focus: Charters & Internal Organizations | Comprehensive Code Enforcement | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Rebecca Andrews

Rebecca Andrews

Associate

(619) 525-1392

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Municipal Law | Water Quality
Elizabeth Barket

Elizabeth Barket

Associate

(213) 787-2543

Areas of Focus: Municipal Law | Telecommunications
Syrus Devers

Syrus Devers

Director of Governmental Affairs

(916) 329-3681

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Relations | Telecommunications
John Gasparini

John Gasparini

Associate

(202) 370-5314

Areas of Focus: Government Relations | Municipal Law | Public Safety | Special Districts | Telecommunications | Transportation
James R. Hobson

James R. Hobson

Of Counsel

(202) 370-5305

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Relations | Municipal Law | Public Safety | Telecommunications
Gail A. Karish

Gail A. Karish

Partner

(213) 617-7491

Areas of Focus: California Public Utilities Commission | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Municipal | Public Safety | Public-Private Partnerships | Telecommunications
Kandice L. Kim

Kandice L. Kim

Associate

(949) 263-2613

Areas of Focus: Business Litigation | Environmental Litigation | Labor & Employment Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Gerard Lavery Lederer

Gerard Lavery Lederer

Partner

(202) 370-5304

Areas of Focus: Business | Government Relations | Municipal Law | Real Estate | Telecommunications
Christy Marie Lopez

Christy Marie Lopez

Of Counsel

(949) 263-2602

Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Municipal Law | Telecommunications
Nicholas P. Miller

Nicholas P. Miller

Partner

(202) 370-5309

Areas of Focus: Business | Government Relations | Municipal Law | Telecommunications
Joshua Nelson

Joshua Nelson

Partner

(916) 551-2859

Areas of Focus: California Public Utilities Commission | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Fees, Taxes & Assessments | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Telecommunications
Harriet A. Steiner

Harriet A. Steiner

Partner

(916) 551-2821

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Fees, Taxes & Assessments | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Telecommunications
Joseph Van Eaton

Joseph Van Eaton

Partner

(202) 370-5306

Areas of Focus: Government Relations | Municipal Law | Public Safety | Telecommunications
BB&K Event Jun 21, 2018

2018 Small Cells Symposium

Maryland Association of Counties

[WEBINAR] Automated Vehicle Pilot Project Risks and Smart Infrastructure
Videos 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

BB&K Event May 8-11, 2018

ACWA CLE Workshop & Spring Conference

Association of California Water Agencies

Cell Tower Landlord’s Checklist
Legal Alerts May 7, 2018

Cell Tower Landlord’s Checklist

Know Your Rights Amid Mobile Carrier Mega Mergers

Event May 2-3, 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 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

Event Apr 5, 2018

Small Cell, Right of Way, Franchise and More

WATOA Annual 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 16-17, 2018

Public, Educational and Government Access Television Update

ACM Western States Regional Conference

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 3-7, 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

Event Feb 8, 2018

Cell and Wireless Tower Law

NBI CLE On Demand Video

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

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

Event Jan 25, 2018

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

U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting 2018

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

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

BB&K Municipal Law Webinar Series

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 Dec 11, 2017

The Courts, The Hill and The FCC -- A Year in Review and Setting the Stage for 2018

eNATOA Webinar

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 3, 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 14-18, 2017

IMLA's 82nd Annual Conference

International Municipal Lawyers Association

[WEBINAR] Cell Tower and Small Cell Law: A Regulatory and Transactional Primer
Videos Sep 20, 2017

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

BB&K Municipal Law Webinar Series

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 11-14, 2017

NATOA 2017 Annual Conference

National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

[PODCAST] Small Cell Sites and Cities
BB&K In the News Sep 7, 2017

[PODCAST] Small Cell Sites and Cities

BB&K’s Christy Marie Lopez Discusses Small Cell Sites in the Public Right of Way on ACCOC’s The City Square

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

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 7, 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

Event Jul 11-14, 2017

Federal Advocacy and Policy

ACM 2017 Annual Conference

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

Event May 25, 2017

Self-Driving Cars: Legal Impact and Issues

New York City Bar

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

Event May 17, 2017

Cell and Wireless Tower Law

National Business Institute Webcast

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 21-24, 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

Event Apr 19, 2017

Wireless Antennas in the Right of Way

APWA Southern California Chapter Complete Streets & Technology Conference

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 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

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 Feb 9, 2017

Latest Developments in Small Cell Technologies

SCAN-NATOA Wireless Facility Update – Southern California

Event Feb 2, 2017

Latest Developments in Small Cell Technologies

SCAN-NATOA Wireless Facility Update – Northern California

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

Event Dec 12, 2016

The Courts, the Hill and the FCC - A Year in Review and Setting the Stage for 2017

eNATOA Webinar

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

Event Sep 9, 2016

Cell and Wireless Tower Law

Live Video Webcast

Event Jul 25, 2016

Internet Protocol (IP) Transition

National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

BB&K In the News Jul 5, 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

Event May 12, 2016

Cellphone Tower Regulation: Maximizing Revenue While Protecting Local Interests

Strafford

Event Apr 28, 2016

Spring 2016 Conference

Washington Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

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

Event Apr 1, 2016

Telecommunications Law Update

Alabama Municipal Attorneys Association

Event Mar 29, 2016

Policy and Legal Frameworks for a Citywide Gigabit Network

Smart Gigabit LA

FCC Opens Door to New Regime of Multichannel Video Programming
Legal Alerts Feb 19, 2016

FCC Opens Door to New Regime of Multichannel Video Programming

FCC Will Seek Comments

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

Press Releases Jan 19, 2016

New Additions to Washington, D.C. Office Enhance Services

Of Counsels Drew Clark and Greg Rodriguez Round Out BB&K’s Newest Office

New California Laws Impacting Public Agencies
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.

Absent Timely Local Processing, New California Law Automatically Approves Applications for New Cell Sites and Large Colocations
Legal Alerts Oct 13, 2015

Absent Timely Local Processing, New California Law Automatically Approves Applications for New Cell Sites and Large Colocations

Municipalities Should Ensure They Will Be in Compliance

Event Oct 4-6, 2015

2015 IMLA Annual Conference

International Municipal Lawyers Association

Event Sep 11, 2015

New FCC Wireless Rules and How They Impact Georgia Communities

Georgia Municipal Attorney Association

Event Sep 9, 2015

2015 NATOA Annual Conference

National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

California Law Presented to Governor Would Automatically Approve Certain Applications for Cell Sites
Legal Alerts Sep 4, 2015

California Law Presented to Governor Would Automatically Approve Certain Applications for Cell Sites

Localities Should Contact the Governor Immediately to Urge a Veto

Event Aug 12, 2015

ReDiscover Community Media

Alliance for Community Media's 2015 Annual Conference

Immediate Action Required by Cities to Begin Collecting Utility Users Tax
Legal Alerts Aug 12, 2015

Immediate Action Required by Cities to Begin Collecting Utility Users Tax

New Law Will Allow California Cities to Receive Tax Revenue on Prepaid Wireless Telephone Service

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

Proposed California Law Would Automatically Approve Applications for Cell Sites
Legal Alerts May 21, 2015

Proposed California Law Would Automatically Approve Applications for Cell Sites

Municipalities Should Act Immediately if They Wish to Make their Views Known to their Legislators

Authored Articles & Publications May 15, 2015

Shifting Landscapes: Regulatory Challenges Stemming from Emerging Technologies

BB&K's Jordan Ferguson Writes in the California Bar's Public Law Journal on How Technology Impacts Public Agencies and Policymakers

Event Apr 24-27, 2015

IMLA’s 2015 Mid-Year Seminar

International Municipal Lawyers Association

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