Communications

FCC Regulation

Regulatory Compliance

Mintz Levin is at the forefront of administrative, judicial, and legislative proceedings that shape the future of the cable, telecom, broadband, satellite, and wireless industries. Let our knowledge and experience show you how to navigate the rules, policies, and legislation that affect your business so that you can make the most of new opportunities.

Licensing and Reporting

Our attorneys have deep experience with all aspects of FCC licensing and reporting requirements. We support cable operators, Commercial Mobile Radio Services (“CMRS”) providers, cellular and PCS carriers, spectrum licensees, satellite operators, wireless broadband providers and WISPs, equipment vendors, content/application vendors and others as they navigate FCC and foreign licensing and reporting requirements, spectrum auctions and service rules, equipment certifications, and tower siting, among other issues. We also help our clients navigate the licensing rules to acquire spectrum and related assets, navigate mergers and acquisitions, deploy nationwide networks, negotiate facilities access and siting agreements, and launch new services and business strategies.

Complaints and Government Investigations

Our attorneys regularly represent communications and technology clients throughout the enforcement and complaint processes, including before the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice and before state agencies. Our work includes bringing and responding to FCC must-carry, program access, program carriage or other regulatory complaints, as well as navigating, defending against and negotiating resolutions of formal and informal inquiries and complaints, forfeiture proceedings, Civil Investigative Demands (CIDs), Notices of Apparent Liability (NALs) and consent decrees. We have represented clients before the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau in investigations involving universal service, Customer Network Proprietary Information (CPNI), privacy and data security, open Internet, merger conditions, Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), unauthorized operation and unauthorized transfer of control, auction collusion, indecency, Emergency Alert System (EAS), sponsorship identification, closed captioning and other topics.

Areas of Focus

  • Net neutrality and other broadband policy issues
  • Accessibility requirements arising under the Communications and Video Accessibility Act and other statutes
  • Content licensing and digital media
  • Must-carry and retransmission consent
  • Restrictions on ownership of cable, broadband, and media properties and assets
  • Program access and program carriage issues and litigation
  • Set-top boxes and navigation devices