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Admitted to Practice

  • District of Columbia, 1987
  • Maine, 1988
  • Massachusetts, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon, 2004
  • U.S. District Court District of Maine, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Western District of, 2002
  • Numerous state utility commissions

John C. Dodge

John Dodge focuses his practice on the telecommunications and cable industries, as well as on state-level consumer compliance issues. With regard to telecommunications and cable, John addresses a broad scope of critical issues such as entry opportunities and capital formation, intercarrier compensation and regulatory compliance. He advises on economic regulation and the regulatory aspects of business transactions, including transfer of control authorizations. John also helps clients seeking specialized federal licenses (e.g., RF equipment, undersea cable operators, international service authorizations). He has represented clients in civil and administrative litigation across the United States, in agency proceedings and rulemakings, and before state and federal legislatures.

John’s clients include Brighthouse Communications, BullsEye Communications, Cell-Antenna, Centennial Wireless, Charter Communications, Comcast, Cricket, Ocean Ridge Capital Advisors, One Communications, Rogers Communications, Shentel, Tii and various state cable associations.

Practice Highlights
  • Civil and administrative litigation, rate regulation, state entry requirements, intercarrier compensation, state and federal tariffing, interconnection, federal pre-emption, Internet and information services, institutional contracts, international authorization, RF equipment authorization and unlicensed wireless opportunities.

Representative Experience

Acquisitions, sales, and mergers for telecommunications and cable clients

Regularly counsel clients on acquisitions, sales, and mergers of regulated companies. (Ongoing)

Business planning for telecommunications clients

Strategic business planning for market entry, contract formation and negotiation, public and private capital opportunities, regulatory compliance, legislative interaction, and civil and administrative litigation. (Ongoing)

Company formation counsel for multiple private clients

Representation of numerous companies on public and venture capital issues. (Ongoing)

Congressional/state lobbying for telecommunications and cable clients

Routinely interact with Congress and state legislatures on behalf of clients, providing advice on pending legislation and soliciting Congressional or local legislative support for individual businesses. (Ongoing)

Federal and state approvals for transfers of control

Secured several federal and state approvals for transfers of control for telephone companies, undersea cables and international telecom providers. (Ongoing)

Interconnection agreements for competitive local exchange carriers

Successfully negotiate interconnection agreements with incumbent local exchange carriers on behalf of new entrants, and arbitrated several other agreements. (Ongoing)

Litigation for competitive local exchange carriers/cable system operators

Successfully litigated against incumbent telephone companies before state agencies and federal courts. (Ongoing)

National DAS provider

Represent national DAS provider in obtaining various state regulatory authority certificates. (Ongoing)

Regulatory for telecommunications and cable clients

Advises coverage analysts on developing regulatory matters. (Ongoing)

Regulatory for telecommunications and cable clients

Extensive experience before state utility commissions, the FCC and various courts. (Ongoing)

Telecommunications and data agreements for national cable system operator

Representation of cable MSO in negotiations and contract drafting for service and capacity agreements with institutional and enterprise customers in multiple states. (Ongoing)

Electric rate restructuring/load profiling for national cable system operator

Representation of cable MSOs before Illinois and Missouri utility commissions in pursuit of rate design relief for cable system power supplies. (2009-2010)

Intercarrier compensation for national telecommunications company

Representation of a national telecommunications company in multi-state litigation and negotiations regarding termination compensation for IP-originated traffic. (2010)

Maine PUC inquiry for national telecommunications company

Representation of a national telecommunications company VoIP affiliate before state utility commission determining jurisdiction over VoIP. (2009-2010)

Verizon-PA v. One Communications

Defense of CLEC intrastate access charges before statute public utility commission. (2009-2010)

Interconnection negotiations for national telecommunications company

Representation of a national telecommunications company in interconnection negotiations versus incumbent LEC before Missouri, Texas and Wisconsin state utility commissions. (2009)

Qwest v. Universal Telecom

Section 251/252 arbitration of interconnection agreement terms and compensation provisions against Qwest Corp. Case No. ARB 671 (2006)

Additional Qualifications

  • Partner, Cole, Raywid & Braverman LLP, Washington, D.C., 1998-2006
  • Counsel, Maine Office of Public Advocate, 1998-1991
  • Associate, Cole, Raywid & Braverman LLP, Washington, D.C., 1994-1998
  • Assistant People's Counsel, Washington, D.C., 1991-1994
  • Staff Assistant, U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell, 1984-1985

Professional & Community Activities

  • Sponsor, K.E.E.N. (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now)
  • Sponsor, Washington County (Maine) Children's Outreach Program
  • Sponsor and Volunteer, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
  • Sponsor, Hoops Sagrado (D.C.-Guatemala Youth Exchange Program)