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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 — October 2021

October 19, 2021 | Article | By Russell Fox, Joshua Briones, Jonathan P. Garvin, Esteban Morales

We are pleased to present our latest Monthly TCPA Digest, providing insights and news related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). In this issue’s Regulatory Update, we discuss the FCC’s adoption of the FNPRM, a rule intended to help curb illegal robocalls originating outside of the United States, as well as the PSAP FNPRM, which seeks to protect the nation’s 911 emergency response centers from potentially debilitating robocalling attacks. In addition, we cover Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s recent request that the FCC take additional steps to block spam text messages and his support for its proposal to shorten STIR/SHAKEN implementation deadlines for certain providers.
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TCPA Regulatory Update – Blocking Foreign-Initiated Robocalls, Safeguarding PSAP Phone Numbers, and Blocking Spam Texts
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What’s New in 5G - October 2021

October 6, 2021 | Blog | By Russell Fox, T. Scott Thompson, Angela Kung, Daniel P. Reing, Christen B'anca Glenn

The next-generation of wireless technologies – known as 5G – is here. Not only is it expected to offer network speeds that are up to 100 times faster than 4G LTE and reduce latency to nearly zero, it will allow networks to handle 100 times the number of connected devices, revolutionizing business and consumer connectivity and enabling the “Internet of Things.” Leading policymakers – federal regulators and legislators – are making it a top priority to ensure that the wireless industry has the tools it needs to maintain U.S. leadership in commercial 5G deployments. This blog provides monthly updates on FCC actions and Congressional efforts to win the race to 5G.
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Monthly TCPA Digest — September 2021

September 21, 2021 | Article | By Russell Fox, Joshua Briones, Jonathan P. Garvin, Crystal Lopez

Our TCPA newsletter discusses proposed rulemaking items on the FCC’s September Open Meeting agenda involving the Do-Not-Call registry for 911 call centers and gateway providers for foreign-originated calls to the United States, and covers the 6th Circuit’s Lindenbaum v. Realgy decision rejecting the Creasy v. Charter Communications federal court ruling.
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Read about two proposed rulemaking items on the FCC’s September Open Meeting agenda involving the Do-Not-Call registry for 911 call centers and gateway providers, or the first U.S.–based provider in the call path of a foreign-originated call.
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What’s New in 5G - September 2021

September 1, 2021 | Blog | By Russell Fox, T. Scott Thompson, Angela Kung, Daniel P. Reing, Christen B'anca Glenn

The next-generation of wireless technologies – known as 5G – is here. Not only is it expected to offer network speeds that are up to 100 times faster than 4G LTE and reduce latency to nearly zero, it will allow networks to handle 100 times the number of connected devices, revolutionizing business and consumer connectivity and enabling the “Internet of Things.” Leading policymakers – federal regulators and legislators – are making it a top priority to ensure that the wireless industry has the tools it needs to maintain U.S. leadership in commercial 5G deployments. This blog provides monthly updates on FCC actions and Congressional efforts to win the race to 5G.
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Monthly TCPA Digest — August 2021

August 18, 2021 | Article | By Russell Fox, Joshua Briones, Crystal Lopez, Esteban Morales, Matthew Novian

Our TCPA newsletter covers the FCC’s adoption of processes to appeal a decision to revoke a VoIP provider’s STIR/SHAKEN Service Provider Code (SPC) and to limit the ability of interconnected VoIP providers to obtain phone numbers for customers directly from the Numbering Administrator and discusses how courts are applying Facebook to dispose of TCPA cases at summary judgment – a welcome development for TCPA defendants.
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The STIR/SHAKEN implementation deadline has passed, but the fight against illegal robocalls is far from over. At the August Open Meeting, the FCC adopted two items which would refine the FCC’s processes and adopt new tools to fight illegal robocalls.
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What’s New in 5G - August 2021

August 3, 2021 | Blog | By Russell Fox, T. Scott Thompson, Angela Kung, Daniel P. Reing, Christen B'anca Glenn

The next-generation of wireless technologies – known as 5G – is here. Not only is it expected to offer network speeds that are up to 100 times faster than 4G LTE and reduce latency to nearly zero, it will allow networks to handle 100 times the number of connected devices, revolutionizing business and consumer connectivity and enabling the “Internet of Things.” Leading policymakers – federal regulators and legislators – are making it a top priority to ensure that the wireless industry has the tools it needs to maintain U.S. leadership in commercial 5G deployments. This blog provides monthly updates on FCC actions and Congressional efforts to win the race to 5G.
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Pursuant to the Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act (“TRACED Act”) and FCC rules, the FCC must annually select a single registered consortium that conducts private-led efforts to trace back the origin of suspected unlawful robocalls.
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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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