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.

Syrus Devers

Syrus Devers

Director of Governmental Affairs

(916) 329-3681

Areas of Focus: Government Relations | Municipal Law | Special Districts
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
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
Thomas Oh

Thomas Oh

Associate

(213) 787-2544

Areas of Focus: Municipal | 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
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

Event Feb 19, 2015

Deployment of Wireless Facilities

Law Seminars International

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

New Rules on Location of Wireless 911 Calls
Legal Alerts Feb 12, 2015

New Rules on Location of Wireless 911 Calls

FCC Wants Technology Transmitting Location of Indoor 911 Calls from Cell Phones

FCC Guidance Attempts to Reconcile Mobile Data Needs with Municipal Zoning Concerns
BB&K In the News Feb 9, 2015

FCC Guidance Attempts to Reconcile Mobile Data Needs with Municipal Zoning Concerns

BB&K Partner Gail Karish Discusses New FCC Rules With the Daily Journal

Authored Articles & Publications Jan 22, 2015

Clarification on Cell Towers Dos, Don'ts

BB&K Attorneys Gerry Lederer and Jordan Ferguson Discuss T-Mobile v. Roswell in the Los Angeles Daily Journal

Event Jan 15, 2015

Telecommunications 101

SCAN NATOA

Supreme Court Sides with T-Mobile in Tower Siting Case, Over Roberts Dissent
BB&K In the News Jan 15, 2015

Supreme Court Sides with T-Mobile in Tower Siting Case, Over Roberts Dissent

BB&K Partner Gerard Lederer Discusses High-Profile Cell Tower Regulation Case in Several Telecommunications Publications

High Court Reaffirms Local Government’s Authority in Denials of Applications for Cell Towers
Legal Alerts Jan 15, 2015

High Court Reaffirms Local Government’s Authority in Denials of Applications for Cell Towers

Decision Clarifies that Local Government’s Decision Need Not State Reasons if they are Contemporaneously Published Elsewhere

Press Releases Jan 8, 2015

Two BB&K Attorneys Named Partners

Andre Monette and Gail A. Karish Receive Promotions

Communications Technology Transitions
Legal Alerts Jan 7, 2015

Communications Technology Transitions

FCC Seeks Local Government Views

California Public Utilities Commission to Approve Grant Program to Promote Broadband Internet for Public Housing
Legal Alerts Dec 5, 2014

California Public Utilities Commission to Approve Grant Program to Promote Broadband Internet for Public Housing

Application Submission Scheduled for Mid-December Through Mid-January

Local Government, Industry Reps Mull Challenges to Section 6409(a)
BB&K In the News Nov 14, 2014

Local Government, Industry Reps Mull Challenges to Section 6409(a)

BB&K Partner Gerard Lederer Quoted by Telecommunications Reports Daily in Coverage of Webinar on Wireless Towers and the New FCC Rules

Event Nov 13-14, 2014

Deployment of Wireless Facilities

Law Seminars International

BB&K Event Nov 5, 2014

New FCC Rules Will Require New Approach to Siting of Wireless Facilities

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. PT | Webinar

Attorneys Criticize Wireless Infrastructure Order
BB&K In the News Nov 5, 2014

Attorneys Criticize Wireless Infrastructure Order

Telecommunications Reports Listens in on BB&K Webinar Regarding the New Wireless Infrastructure Order Adopted by the FCC

Event Oct 29, 2014

Private Access to Public Rights-of-Way

Lorman Education Services

Event Oct 17, 2014

Federal Telecommunications Law: Threats and Opportunities for Texas Cities

Texas Coalition of Cities for Utility Issues

Event Oct 12, 2014

Current Legal Issues Affecting the Telecommunications Industry

State Bar of California Annual Meeting

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

CPUC Adopts Rules for Renewal of State Video Franchises
Legal Alerts Sep 4, 2014

CPUC Adopts Rules for Renewal of State Video Franchises

Commission Decides Streamlined Process Required by DIVCA

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

Event Aug 7, 2014

Key Public Policy Issues: Our Perspectives

State & Main – A Joint Conference of the Alliance for Community Media and the National Alliance for Media Arts + Culture

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

Best Best & Krieger Launches BBKnowledge
Press Releases Jan 22, 2014

Best Best & Krieger Launches BBKnowledge

Online Resource for News and Insights Focusing on Public Agencies

Press Releases Jan 7, 2014

BB&K Promotes Eight Attorneys in California and Washington, D.C. to Partner

Attorneys Focus on Environmental, Municipal, Business, Employee Benefits and Telecommunications Law

Client Successes Sep 18, 2013

BB&K Telecommunications Attorney Helps Stop Massive Cell Tower in Texas Town

Nearly 300-Foot Tower Was Proposed for Historic Road

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