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Russell H. Fox

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Russell is among the most experienced wireless communications attorneys in the country. Unique among his peers, Russell assists clients on federal legislative, regulatory, and transactional matters. He analyzes legislation on behalf of clients, participates in proceedings before the FCC and other federal agencies, negotiates spectrum agreements, and represents wireless providers in spectrum auctions. He is also frequently consulted on matters involving US spectrum use and policy.

Whether they are in the middle of a transaction with difficult regulatory issues, working with Congress on legislative drafting, or securing critical operational authority, clients value Russell’s accessibility and ability to find creative solutions. He works with major telecommunications providers, trade associations, equipment manufacturers, public safety organizations, and entrepreneurs proposing new products or services.

Russell provides advice to all participants in the robocall/robotext ecosystem. He assists those that make calls, such as health care providers, utilities and vendors on how to structure messaging campaign. He also provides guidance on the appropriate wording for terms and conditions accepted by call recipients. He also counsels communications providers on call handling, including call blocking obligations.

Before joining the firm, Russell was a partner and head of the telecommunications department in the Washington office of a major Chicago-based law firm, where he represented users and providers of telecommunications services and equipment. Previously, he was the executive director and president of the American SMR Network Association, Inc., where he established offices of a national trade association representing a segment of the wireless telecommunications industry.

Education

  • Duke University (JD)
  • University of Rochester (BA)

Experience

Transactions

  • Represented Straight Path Communications, as it entered into a historic Consent Decree with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in its merger with Verizon Communications Inc. The Consent Decree permitted Straight Path to retain its most high-value FCC licenses in the face of an FCC investigation into potential rule violations. As a result of the Consent Decree, Straight Path was able to enter into an agreement with Verizon for $3.1 billion in value.

Legislative

  • Advised CTIA, the national wireless trade association in the eventual adoption of the TRACED Act, which mandates that communications providers take actions to prevent illegal robocalls.

FCC Regulation

  • Serve as primary outside counsel to Wi-Fi Alliance on FCC regulatory matters. Help spearhead efforts to make an additional 1200 megahertz of spectrum available for Wi-Fi, a significant increase in spectrum capacity.
  • Assisted Trimble Inc., a major manufacturer of GPS equipment, challenge grant of a license to an entity that proposes a service in adjacent frequency spectrum that would threaten the reception of GPS signals.
  • Successfully negotiated a consent decree with the FCC under which Radwin, a manufacturer of advanced telecommunications equipment, was able to pay a modest forfeiture penalty and implement a compliance program. Radwin marketed equipment in the U.S. in a manner inconsistent with the FCC's rules.
  • Assisted T-Mobile in urging the adoption of rules governing the so-called "C-band" which was subsequently auctioned and generated more revenues than any other FCC auction.

Recognition & Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Best Lawyers in America: Communications Law (2019 – 2022)
  • Recommended by the Legal 500 United States for Telecom & Broadcast: Regulatory (2017 – 2021)

Involvement

  • Member, Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Fellow, Radio Club of America

Viewpoints

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Monthly TCPA Digest — April 2022

April 25, 2022 | Article | By Russell Fox, Joshua Briones, Jonathan P. Garvin, Crystal Lopez

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Monthly TCPA Digest — March 2022

March 21, 2022 | Article | By Russell Fox, Joshua Briones, Jonathan P. Garvin, Esteban Morales

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This article covers FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel’s proposed Declaratory Ruling that would require callers to obtain consent from consumers before delivering a “ringless voicemail” message directly to a voicemail mailbox.
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Monthly TCPA Digest — February 2022

February 22, 2022 | Article | By Russell Fox, Joshua Briones, Jonathan P. Garvin, Adam B. Korn, Esteban Morales

Our TCPA newsletter discusses a proposed Declaratory Ruling that would require callers to obtain consent from consumers before delivering “ringless voicemail” messages; the FCC’s cease-and-desist letters to Great Choice Telecom and TCA Voip; and what constitutes a “voice,” post-Facebook.
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TCPA Regulatory Update — FCC Enforcement Bureau Sends More Cease-And-Desist Letters

February 22, 2022 | Article | By Russell Fox, Jonathan P. Garvin

This article covers the FCC Enforcement Bureau’s cease-and-desist letters to Great Choice Telecom and TCA Voip, resulting from their alleged transmission of illegal robocalls.
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Monthly TCPA Digest — January 2022

January 21, 2022 | Article | By Russell Fox, Joshua Briones, Jonathan P. Garvin, Esteban Morales, Matthew Novian

Our TCPA newsletter covers new FCC guidance for callers using the Reassigned Numbers Database (RND), the TRACED Act Annual Report to Congress, a Ninth Circuit decision on the LiveVox Platform, and a circuit split focused on fax communications and what constitutes an “unsolicited advertisement” under the TCPA.
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This article covers the FCC’s new guidance on the Reassigned Numbers Database (RND), which can help high-volume callers avoid TCPA liability.
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Events

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Feb
28
2019

Five Steps to 5G: Prepping for the Next Generation

3580 Carmel Mountain Road, Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92130

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Apr
13
2016

Broadband and Cable Industry Law 2016

Practising Law Institute (PLI)

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