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Laura A. Stefani

Of Counsel

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Laura works at the intersection of law, policy, and technology, providing clients with creative regulatory solutions to bring new wireless technologies to market. Areas of focus include unlicensed and licensed wireless technologies, unmanned aircraft, satellite systems, wireless power transfer systems, wireless medical devices, and the Internet of Things.

Laura advocates for clients on licensing, market entry, and spectrum allocation issues before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and other federal agencies. She also advises on regulatory strategy and enforcement, including investigations by the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau.

Before joining Mintz, Laura was a partner at a DC-area firm that serves technology, communications, and media clients. Prior to turning her focus to telecommunications law, Laura practiced as a litigator for several years, primarily handling employment disputes and administrative law actions.

Education

  • George Washington University (JD)
  • Lawrence University (BA, magna cum laude)

Recognition & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America: Communications Law (2019 – 2021)
  • Recommended by the Legal 500 United States for Telecom & Broadcast: Regulatory (2019-2020)
  • 2018 Distinguished Service Award, Federal Communications Bar Association

Involvement

  • Member, Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Co-chair, Internet of Things Committee, Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Past Co-chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee, Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Past Co-chair, Engineering and Technical Committee, Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Past Co-chair, International Telecommunications Committee, Federal Communications Bar Association

Recent Insights

News & Press

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Do you manufacture, import, or market personal hygiene and wellness devices sold in drugstores? If so, you may be focused on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) compliance, but may not have considered the requirements of another Federal regulatory agency: the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Manufacturing, importing, and/or marketing non-compliant personal hygiene, wellness and similar devices may violate the FCC’s rules.
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FAA Announces New UAS (Drone) Marking Rule

February 14, 2019 | Alert | By Laura Stefani

This article covers an immediate FAA rule change requiring markings for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS, commonly known as drones). Beginning February 25, 2019, every UAS must have its registration number displayed and visible on the external surface of the aircraft.
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FAA Announces Draft Proposals for the UAS (Drone) Industry

January 17, 2019 | Alert | By Laura Stefani

Read about two FAA draft proposals concerning the commercial operations of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or drones, and how they could impact the industry and how drones are used.
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Emerging medical imaging technologies being developed for the terahertz spectrum may face regulatory hurdles from an unexpected Federal agency: the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has jurisdiction over medical devices with respect to safety and effectiveness – including premarket approval, inspection of manufacturing facilities, and monitoring of post-market adverse events – the FCC has jurisdiction over certain technical and spectrum use requirements for medical devices that operate on radiofrequency (RF) spectrum. Medical device developers need to be aware of the current state of play at the FCC in these areas.
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Congress Directs the FAA to Modify Drone Rules

October 8, 2018 | Alert | By Laura Stefani

This alert provides a list of 10 important new directives to the FAA that should soon allow drones to be used for a broader array of commercial operations, including package deliveries, and hasten the integration of UAS into national airspace.
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Trump Administration Botnet Report Will Impact IoT Device Makers – Things You Should Know

June 25, 2018 | Blog | By Christopher Harvie, Cynthia Larose, Laura Stefani

Manufacturers of wireless devices used for Internet of Things (IoT) applications should take heed of new Trump Administration proposals aimed at reducing the cybersecurity threats from botnets and other automated and distributed attacks.
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Proposal for FCC Rules for UAS Command and Control Spectrum

May 2, 2018 | Alert | By Laura Stefani

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking public comment on a proposal by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) to adopt service rules for the use of 5030-5091 MHz by small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). 
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FCC to Facilitate Deployment of Small Satellites

May 1, 2018 | Advisory | By Laura Stefani

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed adding an innovative regulatory regime to Part 25 of its rules to enable deployment of small satellite systems. The proposal is aimed at NGSO-like small satellite systems engaged in small-scale operations using spacecraft with short life expectancies.
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Under the FAA’s rules governing the operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS, commonly known as “drones”) for non-recreational purposes, operations within a few miles of an airport (referred to as “controlled airspace”) are prohibited absent permission from Air Traffic Control (ATC).
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In the latest guide, Mintz garnered rankings as a top national firm in eight practice areas, and 32 firm attorneys were individually recognized.
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Mintz Member and Chair of the firm’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice Cynthia Larose, Of Counsel Laura Stefani, and Associates Jonathan Markman and Elana Safner co-authored this guest post published by Dronelife that addressed how the California Consumer Privacy Act might affect drone operators in the state. The article also provided action items for surveillance and drone companies as they prepare for CCPA implementation.
Laura Stefani, a telecommunications attorney at Mintz, is quoted within this feature article discussing what attorneys need to know as the Federal Communications Commission and other agencies focus on updating regulations to keep up with the demand for commercial drone usage.
Laura Stefani, a telecommunications and technology attorney at Mintz, authored this Law360 column discussing how California’s newly enacted net neutrality law and another new law may add an additional layer of regulation for manufacturers of certain "internet of things" devices.

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Mintz is pleased to welcome Laura A. Stefani to the firm. Ms. Stefani joins the Communications Section, where she will work with clients on creative regulatory solutions to bring new technologies to market.
The addition of Laura Stefani, a communications and FCC Regulation attorney, was featured in a February 1st Law360 article. Laura brings extensive experience in emerging wireless technologies, including emerging technologies involving internet of things and health care.

Events

Moderator
Oct
22
2020

Legal and Regulatory Challenges for IoT Device Deployment

FCBA Internet of Things Committee

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Co-chair
Speaker
May
13
2019

Broadband and Cable Industry Law 2019

Practising Law Institute (PLI)

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Speaker
May
13
2019

Practising Law Institute - Broadband and Cable Industry 2019

AI, Drones and Internet of Things: The Machines Are Rising!

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