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Ryan M. Appel

Ryan Appel advises cable, wireless infrastructure, VoIP, and online service providers on a number of transactional and regulatory issues affecting the communications industry. He also represents clients before federal agencies and state public utility commissions, primarily in rulemakings concerning broadband deployment issues.

Representative Experience

Pole Attachments and Infrastructure Deployment

Infrastructure agreements

Negotiating pole attachment, franchise, and right-of-way agreements that enable clients to deploy wired and wireless pole attachments on existing infrastructure. (Ongoing)

State authorizations

Counseling wireless infrastructure providers on how to obtain certificates of public convenience and necessity to access public rights-of-way. (Ongoing)

Federal and state law compliance

Advising cable companies and wireless infrastructure providers concerning local, state, and federal laws governing pole attachments, right-of-way access, and wireless siting standards. (Ongoing)


Mergers and acquisitions

Performing due diligence for mergers and acquisitions involving cable companies. (Ongoing)

Federal and state rulemakings

Representing clients in state and federal rulemakings through written comments and discovery responses. (Ongoing)

International Regulatory Compliance

Telecommunications authorizations

Advising clients on telecommunications authorization requirements and other regulatory matters in Europe and Asia. (Ongoing)

Global assessments

Coordinating with international counsel to prepare global assessments on content liability, privacy, and security laws for an online service provider. (Ongoing)


Federal rule compliance

Counseling clients on compliance with accessibility rules promulgated under the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). (Ongoing)

Additional Qualifications

  • Legal Intern, Octagon, Inc., McLean, Va., 2013
  • Legal Intern, Miami Dolphins Ltd., Miami Gardens, Fla., 2012

Professional & Community Activities

  • Washington, D.C. Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • Selected to "Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll" by D.C. Court of Appeals and the D.C. Superior Court, 2016