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K.C. Halm

HalmK.C.
Partner
T202.973.4287
F202.973.4487
Broadband ISPs, wireless providers, and cable operators rely on K.C. Halm for experienced counsel on a wide range of broadband policy and competition matters involving wireless licensing and spectrum acquisition, compliance with Open Internet, privacy and special access (business data services) regulations, and state attorney general and PSC investigations. K.C. also litigates interconnection and competition issues for clients in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies.

In addition, K.C. advises clients on privacy and data/network security issues under federal and state law, with a recent focus on issues arising under the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), the telephone and cable privacy sections of the Telecommunications Act (CPNI), and mobile privacy and location-based services.

Proud to represent America’s veterans, K.C. provides pro bono counsel to vets on disability and related claims before the Veterans Administration and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

K.C.’s clients include Charter Communications, Comcast, Cricket Communications (Leap Wireless), IPC Spectrum LLC, JAB Wireless Broadband, Mediacom Communications, Rogers Communications, Shentel, Suddenlink/Altice USA, Tampnet, Wave Broadband, and XO Communications.

Representative Experience

TRANSACTIONS

Shenandoah Tel. acquisition of NTELOS
Buy-side regulatory counsel for acquisition of domestic wireless (CMRS) provider acquiring AWS, PCS, and BRS licenses, and network funding under FCC Mobility Fund and RUS grant.

Tampnet USA LLC acquisition of Broadpoint Wireless licenses and assets
Buy-side regulatory counsel for acquisition of domestic wireless provider. Secured declaratory ruling under 310(b)(4) for foreign parents’ acquisition and holding of domestic wireless and secured DOJ "Team Telecom" approval of transaction.

Altice-Suddenlink acquisition of cable broadband provider
Secured FCC and state license transfers, including due diligence and regulatory counseling, concerning acquisition of cable broadband and VoIP assets. Sell-side counsel to Suddenlink Communications in $9 billion transaction with Altice, involving review by FCC and 15 states.

Acquisition of cable broadband provider
Represented national cable broadband provider in obtaining California PUC consents for acquisition of cable broadband provider, involving significant oppositions during adjudicatory transfer of control proceeding.

IPC Spectrum acquisition of 700 MHz and AMTS spectrum
Advised wireless ISP Rise Broadband on the purchase of EBS spectrum rights in the Xanadoo LLC bankruptcy.

BROADBAND / WIRELINE

Advised broadband providers on matters relating to Open Internet compliance, including implementation of data caps, usage limitations, and transparency disclosures.

Advised cable and wireline broadband providers on matters relating to privacy and data security obligations and breach reporting duties related to CPNI and customer proprietary information.

Counseled cable broadband provider on state attorney general inquiry into broadband and network management practices.

Advocated for cable broadband provider in FCC special access "business data services" rulemaking, including comments and ex parte advocacy regarding same.

Represented broadband providers in federal and state proceedings concerning challenges to subsidies to deploy broadband capable networks in served areas.

UNIVERSAL SERVICE

Counseled cable, wireline, and wireless service providers on Universal Service Fund contribution and disbursement issues, including:

Connect America Fund (CAF)
Successfully defeated numerous overbuild subsidies directed to incumbent telco providers through CAF Phase I and Phase II challenge process.

Rural broadband experiment
Represented several cable broadband and wireless service providers during FCC’s experimental rural broadband reverse auction proceeding.

Schools and libraries (E-Rate)
Successfully challenged USAC denial of funding decision to secure release of $5 million in E-Rate funding for wireline service provider.

Healthcare Connect Fund
Drafted, negotiate, and implemented operational contracts for recipient of funding under Healthcare Connect Fund program.

Audits, investigations, and inquiries
Secured favorable resolution for cable VoIP operator during informal audit of USF contribution and reporting methodologies.

WIRELESS

Spectrum licensing, sharing, and transactions
Advised clients engaging in spectrum transactions, including FCC enhanced factor review for spectrum below 1 GHz, competition analysis, build-out rules, and other regulatory issues.

Counseled members of the investment community on FCC spectrum allocation and licensing matters.

Advised service providers on potential commercial operations under spectrum sharing regime in 3.5 GHz band.

Incentive auctions
Advised incentive auction applicants on structure and governance issues to comply with FCC designated entity (D.E.) regulations for historic forward auction component of broadcast incentive auction.

Regulatory compliance
Counseled wireless service providers on regulatory compliance, including build-out obligations, USF contributions, and related operational matters.

Spectrum interference enforcement proceedings
Represented wireless service providers and cable operators in Enforcement Bureau proceedings and informal disputes involving spectrum interference issues.

LITIGATION

Fairpoint v. Charter
Represented cable broadband provider in network access and pole attachment dispute and adjudicatory proceeding involving issues of fair compensation, regulatory classification, and limitations on jurisdiction.

Suddenlink v. FiberNet
Secured favorable settlement terms for plaintiff in administrative litigation concerning competitive issues arising from waiver of early termination fees.

West Virginia PSC v. Shentel Cable
Litigated VoIP classification and related issues before West Virginia Public Service Commission.

XO Communications v. AT&T California
On behalf of XO Communications, litigated collocation and interconnection rate dispute before California Public Utilities Commission.

Cricket Communications v. AT&T
Arbitration of interconnection and intercarrier compensation issues with AT&T in multiple jurisdictions (Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Louisiana).

Additional Qualifications

  • Cole, Raywid & Braverman LLP, Associate, Washington, D.C., 1999-2006
  • KPMG Peat Marwick, Senior Consultant, 1995-1996
  • Hooper Hooper Owen & Gould, Legislative Assistant,1991-1995
  • U.S. Senate Finance Committee, Chairman Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas), Clerk, 1989-1991

Professional & Community Activities

  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • JJ’s Tournament, Inc. – Nonprofit organization in support of funding for autism research
  • Lawyers Serving Warriors – Pro bono assistance to veterans
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