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Telecommunications & Wireless

How the world connects has never been more sophisticated or widely accessible. To keep up with demand for seamless connectivity, telecommunications and wireless businesses must adapt and expand capabilities at an unprecedented pace. Customers expect fast, reliable service and technology on networks that perform at incredible speeds. Regardless of the role a business plays in the industry, having legal counsel that understands the relevant regulatory and legal requirements to achieve those business goals is essential.

Porter Wright’s attorneys consider both the implications and opportunities facing this extraordinary growth sector. We provide counsel to significant national carriers as they upgrade their networks and advise builders, servicers and managers of mobile networks. Our experience includes assisting with all aspects of establishing new sites, collocations, equipment upgrades, small cells and both indoor and outdoor distributed antenna systems (DAS).

We assist wireless providers by building defendable records under relevant federal and state law, so wireless infrastructure can be deployed timely. This includes advising clients in zoning, rights-of-way and pole attachment disputes, and, if necessary, in litigation. A significant focus of our national experience includes successfully negotiating agreements covering DAS, small cell and Wi-Fi networks with large scale venues (such as airports, hotels, hospitals, stadiums and universities), as well as with smaller entities. Our attorneys work with wireless providers and their vendors to minimize expense and disruption, and reduce cycle times for large capital projects.

Our experience includes:

  • Contract negotiation
  • Multi-forum litigation defense
  • Regulatory proceedings
  • Federal, state and local level advocacy
  • Resolution of employment disputes
  • Protection of intellectual property
  • Executive compensation
  • Compliance review
  • Merger & acquisition negotiation
  • Advising international companies endeavoring to do business in the United States
  • Coordination of economic development incentives for new facilities