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Admitted to Practice

  • District of Columbia, 1982
  • California, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals D.C. Circuit, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1980
  • U.S. District Court District of Columbia, 1982

Christopher W. Savage

Chris Chris SavageChristopher
Partner
Co-chair, Communications Practice
T202.973.4211
F202.973.4411
Chris Savage focuses on helping telecom, cable and Internet companies navigate the heavily regulated communications industry. He negotiates complex agreements related to interconnected networks, negotiates, arbitrates, and litigates disputes for wired and wireless communications companies arising under those agreements and under state and federal communications laws, and helps shape and interpret state and federal communications regulatory rules and policies.

Representative Experience

Petition of Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico LLC for arbitration of an interconnection agreement with Puerto Rico Telephone Company

Section 251/252 federal negotiation/arbitration (for Liberty Cablevision) of interconnection agreement. Prevailed for Liberty on all issues, including issues of first impression regarding IP-based interconnection and the Section 251/252 interconnection rights of cable-based VoIP providers. Puerto Rico Telecommunications Regulatory Board, JRT-2012-AR-0001 (2012)

Puerto Rico Telephone Company, Inc. v. T-Mobile Puerto Rico LLC

Appeal (for T-Mobile) of federal district court decision imposing multi-million-dollar liability on T-Mobile arising from pricing dispute for telecom services provided by Puerto Rico Telephone Company. First Circuit reversed the district court and directed that judgment be entered for T-Mobile. 678 F.3d 49 (1st. Cir. 2012)

Confidential settlement negotiation

Developed legal theory and factual analysis to support competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) in negotiations with incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) regarding multi-million-dollar overcharges by ILEC, over nearly a decade, for essential services provided under two interconnection agreements; dispute settled on terms favorable to CLEC. (2012-2013)

Bright House Networks Information Services (Florida) LLC v. Verizon Florida, LLC et al.

State PSC complaint (for Bright House) against long distance carriers to collect cable-VoIP provider’s access charges for calls to VoIP services. Prevailed against long distance carriers’ motion to dismiss, leading to settlement of case. Florida PSC, Docket No. 110056-TP (2011)

Centennial Puerto Rico License Corp. v. Telecommunications Regulatory Board of Puerto Rico

Handled (for Centennial) defense of appeal of federal district court ruling arising from Section 251/252 federal interconnection arbitration with Puerto Rico Telephone Company (PRTC); prevailed on issues regarding contract provisions to encourage accurate billing by PRTC and PRTC obligation to facilitate interconnection between Centennial and PRTC’s wireless services division. 634 F.3d 17 (1st Cir. 2011)

Exchange access tariff re-write

Rewrote national competitive carrier’s interstate and intrastate access tariffs to enable unconventional nationwide consolidated tandem service and facilitate integration of IP-based and other non-traditional switching technologies into exchange access service. (2011)

Intercarrier compensation reform

Wrote and filed comments and handled numerous ex parte meetings and filings with FCC staff for cable-VoIP provider explaining the importance of equal, symmetrical treatment in intercarrier compensation (access charges and local interconnection) of traffic that begins or ends on VoIP services as compared to traditional telephone services. In the Matter of Connect America Fund, et al., WC Docket Nos. 10-90, et al. (2011)

In the matter of preserving the open Internet; broadband industry practices

In comments for Bright House Networks, developed innovative economic analysis of Internet ecosystem in support of reasonable regulatory treatment of "specialized services" (services with special traffic management requirements) within the FCC’s network neutrality framework. FCC GN Docket No. 09-191, WC Docket No. 07-52 (2010)

Petition for arbitration of certain terms and conditions of an interconnection agreement with Verizon Florida, LLC by Bright House Networks Information Services (Florida), LLC

Section 251/252 federal negotiation/arbitration (for Bright House) of interconnection agreement with Verizon Florida. Negotiated and arbitrated numerous issues involving interconnection architecture, charges for services, and business terms. Florida PSC, Docket No. 090501-TP (2010)

Verizon Florida, LLC v. FCC

Represented Bright House Networks before the FCC and the D.C. Circuit in dispute with Verizon over Verizon’s misuse of confidential information about telephone customers Bright House won from Verizon, to try to keep those customers from switching to Bright House; Bright House and co-plaintiffs before the FCC prevailed on all points. Verizon Florida, LLC v. FCC, 555 F.3d 270 (D.C. Cir. 2009), affirming Bright House Networks, LLC v. Verizon California, Inc., 23 FCC Rcd 10704 (2008)

Administrative litigation and private arbitration against Verizon Communications

Two private arbitrations of claim by competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) against Verizon, under Section 251/252 interconnection agreements, regarding appropriate charges (if any) for including CLECs’ customers in Verizon's printed telephone directories and directory assistance databases.

Administrative litigation for competitive local exchange carrier

Successfully prosecuted administrative litigation for competitive local exchange carrier, arguing that the telecommunications-service affiliate of a government-owned power company is subject to regulation as a telecommunications carrier by state-level regulatory body.

Appeal of USAC rulings to the FCC

Handled intra-agency appeals of adverse decisions by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) regarding disbursements of universal service funding under the interstate common line support (ICLS) program; handled appeal of USAC rulings to the FCC.

Drafted comments on 'automatic roaming' for wireless carrier clients

Drafted comments on proposed Federal Communications Commission rules requiring 'automatic roaming' arrangements among technically compatible wireless carriers; successfully lobbied FCC to adopt client's position on automatic roaming.

Obtained 'eligible telecommunications carrier' status for wireless carrier

Helped obtain favorable legislation, then conducted administrative litigation under that legislation to obtain designation for wireless carrier as an 'eligible telecommunications carrier' in the United States Virgin Islands.

Professional Recognition

  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Communications Law by Best Lawyers, 2015
  • Selected to "Washington D.C. Super Lawyers" in Communications, Thomson Reuters, 2013-2014
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