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Wireless

The wireless industry is dynamic, competitive and growing. Davis Wright Tremaine has an experienced team of attorneys who are skilled at helping companies in all segments of the wireless ecosystem with the broad spectrum of issues facing the industry.

We represent an array of companies, including mobility carriers, WiMax providers, equipment vendors, distributed antenna system (DAS) providers, content/application vendors and trade associations. We help companies acquire spectrum, assets and other companies, deploy nationwide networks, navigate the complex regulatory environment, respond to day-to-day operational issues, roll out new products and services, develop strategy, and defend against consumer class actions. We represent the wireless industry at every level of government—federal, state and local—and before the highest courts.

Our lawyers have been working with and in the industry since the early days of wireless and have developed deep relationships, including some with former colleagues who now hold influential positions in leading companies and government agencies. With offices on both coasts, our attorneys can handle a variety of local needs or come together for complex, time-sensitive projects.

Our expertise covers the full range of regulatory, litigation, intellectual property and transactional needs of the wireless industry, including:

Regulatory—federal and state
We represent wireless clients before all federal and state regulatory agencies—including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), state public utility commissions and state attorneys general—on a wide range of matters facing wireless providers, including:

  • Acquisition and transfer of spectrum and other FCC licenses 
  • State certification/registration 
  • Compliance with technical and operating regulations and policies 
  • Complaint and enforcement proceedings 
  • Broadband stimulus funding applications and compliance
  • Intercarrier compensation, including interconnection agreements and arbitration 
  • Consumer protection and service quality complaints and rulemakings 
  • Regulatory fees and surcharges 
  • Pole attachment, franchise and right-of-way complaint and rulemaking proceedings 
  • Universal service and lifeline issues 
  • Municipal franchises and taxes

Wireless siting and deployment

  • Site acquisition and environmental due diligence 
  • Real estate, tower, and building access agreements 
  • Land use permits and variances; zoning and environmental issues 
  • Federal and state court appeals of permit denials 
  • Pole attachment and right-of-way access agreements; franchises 
  • Fiber swaps 
  • Conduit builds and fiber pulls

Litigation

  • Consumer class actions 
  • Siting and deployment issues (47 U.S.C. sections 332 and 253) 
  • Interconnection arbitrations and lawsuits 
  • Retail franchise and commercial litigation 
  • Appeals of FCC and state agency actions

Corporate transactions

  • Mergers and acquisitions, including spectrum acquisition and sales 
  • Joint ventures and strategic alliances 
  • Emerging growth companies 
  • Corporate finance, including public and private equity, venture and angel financings 
  • Securities reporting and regulatory compliance 
  • Corporate governance counseling 
  • Outside general counsel 
  • Restructuring and reorganization of corporate and partnership enterprises

Operational transactions

  • Backhaul, long distance, peering and roaming agreements 
  • Software, trademark and other intellectual property licenses 
  • Ring tones, wallpaper, Java games, gateway licenses and other wireless content licensing 
  • Distribution, joint marketing sponsorship, product placement advertising and promotional agreements