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Maria T. Browne

Maria Browne advises and advocates on behalf of telecommunications companies before courts, the FCC, state public service commissions, and local regulatory bodies in matters related to broadband and small cell infrastructure deployment. She also advises companies concerning compliance with FCC rules (including parts 2, 5, 15, 76 and 79) as well as laws governing accessibility of communications and video programming to persons with disabilities.

Maria has appeared before state regulatory commissions and courts in California, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Maria's current and past clients include Altice, Amazon, Armstrong, BriarTek, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Mediacom, MetroCast, and Microsoft.

Representative Experience

Pole Attachments and Infrastructure Deployment

Comprehensive Review of Part 32 Uniform System of Accounts

Representing NCTA in petition for reconsideration of FCC decision to cease requiring price cap carriers from maintain pole attachment cost data in accordance with Part 32 requirements. (Ongoing)

Advising communications network providers regarding federal and state laws governing deployment of facilities on existing utility infrastructure

Advising wired and wireless communications networks providers concerning laws and regulations governing pole attachment agreements with investor owned utilities, cooperatively and municipally owned power companies, and telephone companies; review and analyze rates, terms and conditions of attachment; represent clients before the FCC and state public service commissions in regulatory matters and disputes concerning pole attachment rates, terms and conditions. (Ongoing)

Negotiate infrastructure agreements

Negotiate rates, terms, and conditions of pole attachment agreements, franchises, right-of-way agreements, IRUs, and conduit leases on behalf of clients with various utilities and municipalities. (Ongoing)

MDU access rights for broadband clients

Representing cable operators in disputes with building owners concerning the rates, terms and conditions of access to building residents and the ownership of wiring and equipment and related right of way matters. (Ongoing) Read more

Zayo Group LLC et al. v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore et al.

Represented eight broadband and telecommunications providers in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland in a case related to a multi-million dollar increase in annual conduit fees assessed by the City of Baltimore. (2016-2017)

United Illuminating rate case

Represented New England Cable Television Association in a case before the Connecticut Public Utility Regulatory Authority successfully challenging significant proposed pole attachment rate increase by United Illuminating as part of its general rate case in Dkt. No. 16-06-04. (2016)

CPS Energy pole attachment workshop

Represented Conterra Broadband Services in a pole attachment workshop settings rates, terms and conditions of attachment to CPS poles in Texas. (2016)

Comcast of Indianapolis, L.P. v. Duke Energy Indiana, Inc.

Represented Comcast before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana in a case related to Duke’s refusal to process pole attachment applications in connection with federal court litigation concerning make-ready work. (2016)

Cox Communications Hampton Roads, LLC v. Dominion Virginia Power

Represented Cox before the FCC in case related to costs associated with Cox’s forced relocation of its facilities due to Dominion’s modification of existing poles. (2015)

Cox Communications Las Vegas, Inc. v. NV Energy, Inc.

Represented Cox before the FCC in a case related to NVE’s imposition of Grade B construction standards in a manner that prevented Cox from deploying network until after existing Grade C poles were upgraded. (2015)

CL&P pole attachment rate case

Represented New England Cable Television Association in a case before the Connecticut Public Utility Regulatory Authority concerning CL&P’s pole attachment rental rates which resulted in CL&P transitioning from its antiquated legacy formula to the more favorable FCC formula. (2014)

Comcast v. NOVEC

Represented Comcast before the Virginia State Corporation Commission in case of first impression under amended state law requiring cooperative pole owner rents to be cost based and reasonable. (2014)

Gulf Power Company v. Comcast of the South, Inc.

Defended Comcast against Gulf Power claims relating to back rent owed based upon pole attachment audit. (N.D. Fla. 2014)

Fibertech Networks v. Baltimore Gas and Electric Company

Represented Fibertech Networks before the FCC in a case challenging BGE’s imposition of Grade B construction standards in a manner that prevented Fibertech Networks from deploying network until after existing Grade C poles were upgraded. (2013)

Fibertech Networks v. Verizon New England and the Narragansett Electric Company d/b/a National Grid

Represented Fibertech Networks in matter related to pole owners’ failure to provide timely access to poles and particularly addressing pole attachment make-ready timeframes and temporary construction techniques. (2012)

New Hampshire Public Utility Commission proceeding for Time Warner Cable, Inc.

Represented cable operator client in dispute before the PUC concerning the appropriate amount of Public Service Company of New Hampshire pole attachment rental rates. (2012)

New Jersey Board of Public Utilities proceeding for Fibertech Networks

Represented Fibertech Networks in case challenging Verizon charges for make-ready work in connection with pole attachments. (2012)


Advising clients regarding federal and state laws requiring accessible communications, information technology and video programming

Consulting clients concerning federal and state laws requiring communications, information technology, websites, and video programming to be accessible to persons with disabilities, including the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, state disabilities laws, and FCC rules, including rules relating to advanced communications services, closed captioning and video description. (Ongoing)

Assisting entities in filing Accessibility Compliance Certifications and establishing recordkeeping processes

Advising clients concerning the CVAA and FCC rules requiring communications providers to make services and equipment accessibility to persons with disabilities, to keep records concerning efforts to comply with rules, and annual compliance certification to the FCC. (Ongoing)

Various cable companies

Filed comments in FCC CG Docket No. 05-231, In the Matter of Closed Captioning of Video Programming, on behalf of Charter, Cablevision, Mediacom, Suddenlink and Time Warner Cable. (2014)

Regulatory Compliance and Advocacy

FCC regulatory compliance for broadband and wireless clients

Representing broadband clients in disputes before the FCC and state public service commissions. Provide advice to clients concerning compliance with FCC regulatory requirements including pole attachment regulations, closed captioning, commercial leased access, access to multiple dwelling units, digital transition issues, must carry, PEG and inside wiring. (Ongoing)

Representing clients in negotiations with state and local regulators

Reviewing and negotiating state and local franchise agreements, infrastructure deployment terms, and ROW usage terms and conditions. Advising clients concerning rights to occupy public ROW and private easements, and limitations on local regulatory authority. (Ongoing)

Various cable companies and telecommunications service providers

Assisting clients in filing certifications to FCC concerning FCC record keeping requirements governing telecommunications and advanced communications service accessibility. (Ongoing)

FCC licensing

Representing clients in obtaining experimental licenses and special temporary authority to operate Part 15 devices. (Ongoing)

Professional & Community Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Women in Cable & Telecommunications
  • Volunteer, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless
  • Team Hoyt Runner/Volunteer
  • KEEN Volunteer
  • Usher, Historic Christ Church, Alexandria, Va.
  • UVA Parents Fund Committee Member

Professional Recognition

  • Awarded AV Preeminent rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, 2017-2019
  • Named to "Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll" by the D.C. Court of Appeals and the D.C. Superior Court, 2012-2013 
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