How the world connects has never been more sophisticated or widely accessible. To keep up with demand for seamless connectivity, wireless and telecommunications 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 provide counsel to national carriers as they upgrade their networks for 5G and advise builders, servicers and managers of mobile networks. Our experience includes assisting with all aspects of building and modifying small cell networks, indoor and outdoor distributed antenna systems (DAS), macro and mesh networks, collocations, eligible facility requests (EFRs) and equipment upgrades.

We help wireless providers build defendable records under relevant federal and state law, so infrastructure can be deployed timely. This includes advising clients in zoning, rights-of-way and pole attachment negotiations, and, if necessary, in litigation. A significant focus of our national experience includes successfully negotiating agreements for small cell, DAS and Wi-Fi networks with large scale venues (such as airports, hotels, hospitals, stadiums and universities), as well as deployment within municipal rights-of-way. 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:

  • Rights-of-way and zoning permitting for wireless facilities
  • Federal, state and local legislative advocacy
  • Contract negotiation
  • Telecommunications Act litigation
  • Regulatory proceedings
  • Compliance reviews
  • Unmanned and autonomous systems (Drones and driverless vehicles)