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Andrew C. Emerson

Columbus
p +1 614.227.2104
f +1 614.227.2100
  • 41 South High Street
    Suite 2900
    Columbus, OH 43215

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Andy is a partner in the firm's Litigation Department where he chairs the firm's Wireless and Telecommunications practice. He represents video, telecommunications, natural gas, and electric clients before regulatory agencies and state and federal courts. Recently, Andy has helped wireless and utility clients utilize drone technology to assist with infrastructure deployment and maintenance issues. The bulk of Andy’s current practice involves representing AT&T nationwide in its effort to upgrade its wireless network. This work includes assisting with new cell sites, 3G and 4G LTE upgrades, zoning and rights-of-way disputes, and related FCC shot clock litigation. Andy also manages a team of Porter Wright attorneys that negotiate distributed antenna system (DAS), WiFi, and WiFi Hotzone agreements with large venues, stadiums, and local entities to help AT&T offload traffic from its mobility network and enhance service in high density areas.

In addition to the wireless work, Andy works on issues surrounding AT&T's Internet Protocol video product — U-verse TV. In that capacity, Andy negotiates video competition agreements with municipal and county governments; assists with video franchise legislative efforts; facilitates the issuance of rights-of-way and zoning permits; and, among other items, works with cities to get Public, Educational, and Government (PEG) programming on U-verse TV, which includes negotiating interconnection agreements between AT&T and incumbent cable operators so that AT&T can acquire the necessary PEG content.

Before concentrating primarily on IP video issues, Andy was involved in a number of arbitrations and other proceedings on behalf of AT&T Ohio related to the implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Andy represents AT&T, among other clients, in public contract bidding disputes with state, county, and municipal governments, and he counsels clients concerning state and federal telemarketing laws, including anti-spam and anti-fax rules. Andy also negotiates fiber use arrangements for clients.

Andy has represented telecommunication and electric utilities, as well as transportation companies, in several merger proceedings, utility transactions, complaint cases, and rulemaking proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), and appeals to the Ohio Supreme Court and the federal courts, as well as related treble damage actions in Ohio state courts. Andy assisted The AES Corporation successfully obtain change-in-control approval from the PUCO in late 2011 for its $3.5 billion dollar acquisition of The Dayton Power and Light Company.

Before joining Porter Wright, Andy served as a judicial extern for The Honorable R. Guy Cole, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and as Special Assistant to Assistant Attorney General Anne K. Bingaman of the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division.
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