Telecommunications

The telecommunications industry has become a greater part of our world than ever. Our experience with telecom clients can put you ahead of the curve.

Arnall Golden Gregory's representation of the telecommunications and mass media communications industries encompasses a full spectrum of issues – contractual, managerial, financial, governmental, and constitutional. Our services involve contract negotiations, labor and employment matters, constitutional and creditors' rights, and regulatory matters. As a result of our wide-ranging services, we are well acquainted with the issues and objectives of key industry players, from reporters and broadcasters to networks and the FCC.  Representative engagements include:

  • Over the course of nine years, represented a series of three Sprint PCS network partners with respect to their affiliation agreements with Sprint. Advised the clients with respect to all aspects of the contractual relationships and represented two of the affiliates in the ultimate sale of their businesses.
  • Represented Gulf Coast Wireless Limited Partnership, a regional wireless telecommunications company, in the $287.5 million sale of its business to a national strategic partner.
  • Actively negotiated over 50 cable franchise agreements for Verizon Communications in New York and Pennsylvania.
  • Represented a Fortune 100 telecommunications company in negotiating cable television franchise agreements throughout New York. Involved in all aspects of the franchising process including negotiating and lobbying franchise agreements with municipalities and appearances at contested public hearings.

AGG appreciates that most clients prefer to avoid litigation when possible. That said, our litigation attorneys also have a long and successful history in representing telecom clients in a wide array of litigation matters. Representative engagements include:

  • Successfully represented a major wireless telecommunications provider in lawsuits against various governmental entities for claims arising under the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Lawsuits have resulted in more than 2 dozen federal court orders or settlements requiring that permits be issued for the placement of wireless telecommunications facilities.
  • Successfully represented regional telecommunications company in complex telecommunications billing practices dispute involving claims for fraud, breach of contract, and RICO.
  • Represented two large telecommunications companies in successful negotiations with debtor to have bankruptcy court defer ruling to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on issue of first-impression with broad implications in developing and emerging telecommunications technologies. In re CommPartners, et al., 10-20932 (Bankr. D. Nev.)