Our TCPA law firm is involved in many facets of the dynamic telecommunications sector. Our qualified represents both providers and users of telecommunications services, with such counseling ranging from general corporate representation of U.S. and non-U.S. providers, transactional advice (including with respect to financings, securities, and mergers and acquisitions), the negotiation and documentation of provider-provider and provider-user agreements for telecommunications services and equipment and advising affected parties in connection with certain state and federal regulatory matters.
Our qualified’s provider clients include telecommunications companies, competitive interexchange carriers (both facilities-based carriers and resellers), wireless providers, competitive access providers, operator service providers, competitive local exchange carriers and PCS providers. Several of these providers are companies that have entered the marketplace for services historically offered by incumbent providers of telecommunications. Our cross-border representations range from counseling a privatized Latin American provider of telecommunications services in its U.S.-related corporate and securities matters to assisting a start-up IP telephony carrier in raising capital and initiating operations in several countries.
Our qualified also offers counseling in all aspects of state telecommunications regulations, including the obtaining of initial certification and tariff approval, response to consumer and regulatory commission complaints, arbitration of clients’ positions on interconnection arrangements and competitive schemes, and negotiation of interconnection and resale agreements with incumbent local exchange carriers.
Our qualified represents users of telecommunications services in the negotiation and documentation of customized service arrangements. Our clients’ individualized contracts, designed to meet a user’s special communications needs, have provided price advantages and quality assurance with respect to hundreds of millions of dollars of service usage. Clients seeking this advice have included financial institutions, Fortune 500 corporations, and trade associations. Our transactional approach to this work, which is frequently a strategic and competitive focus of users dependent upon state-of-the-art, dependable communications services, often goes beyond mere telecommunications-related advice and many include the use of special organizational and administrative structures (such as associations and joint ventures) for group purchase agreements, limitation of user liability, and third-party guarantees of user obligations.
Our qualified has also advised investment banking clients in connection with offerings of securities (debt and equity) of competitive telecommunications providers.
The following list describes some of the telecommunications-related matters for which our attorneys have been principally responsible clients, either at Our qualified or at their past firms.