Our Communications industry group helps both emerging and established companies succeed domestically and globally in a complex and changing regulatory and technological environment.

We offer creative and pioneering approaches for meeting business-critical needs and goals, with a flexibility that keeps pace with our clients’ cutting-edge visions and strategies. Many of our team members have also worked in-house at major companies in the industry and at the Federal Communications Commission, making us particularly effective at working directly with business units to achieve their goals.

Perkins Coie’s counsel in the Telecom, Media & Technology (TMT) sector includes working with Amazon, CenturyLink, Facebook, Google, IAC Search, Magic Leap, Microsoft, Neustar, Red Bull Media House, Sprint, T-Mobile and Twitter.

Key Areas of Focus

Net Neutrality   5G Technology
Our Communications industry group attorneys advise clients where communications law, policy and innovation intersect, such as the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) recent ruling to rollback net neutrality. More >   Perkins Coie attorneys know the specifics of 5G technology as well as the legal, commercial, industrial and regulatory implications of this new wireless frontier. More >
Internet of Things (IoT)   Product Counsel
Our attorneys understand the complications of staying connected in the digital world. More >   We provide full product counsel as well as drafting, reviewing and negotiating of commercial agreements. More >

Scope of Communications Industry Services

Members of our Communications industry group have also served in senior positions in the government agencies that regulate the industry, as well as with communications companies. We advocate and protect clients’ interests before state and federal courts and legislatures, national, state and local regulatory agencies, public utility commissions and international governments and agencies.

Our team has broad and deep experience with the laws and regulations critical to the communications sector, and we maintain productive relationships with key federal agencies such as the FCC and Federal Trade Commission. Our scope and areas of service center on core telecom regulation and extend beyond traditional, standard FCC proceedings to include developing and implementing innovative legal and public policy strategies to achieve our clients’ business goals. This includes:

  • Technology and telecom-related transactions and licensing
  • Communications procurement and vendor agreements
  • Internet of Things (IoT) device connectivity and FCC equipment certification compliance
  • Licensed and unlicensed wireless network and distribution matters
  • Spectrum access, aggregation and regulation
  • Net neutrality
  • Broadband privacy counseling and compliance
  • Digital accessibility and CVAA compliance
  • FCC counseling, advocacy, compliance and enforcement defense
  • Public policy
  • Privacy and security
  • Intellectual property strategies and programs
  • Corporate finance
  • Broadband infrastructure transactions
  • 5G Technology

Original Thinking by Cross-Disciplinary Counsel

Bringing our clients’ groundbreaking products and services to market often requires interdisciplinary legal guidance and representation, particularly matters involving litigation, intellectual property and corporate transactions. The advantage our cross-practice teams offer is evident in several recent representative matters:

  • Conducted and wrote a shareholder ownership analysis to evaluate compliance by a major music streaming service with FCC foreign ownership rules, as part of its unprecedented and successful pursuit of an FM radio station license
  • Negotiated an innovative wireless distribution agreement between a U.S. technology company and foreign telco to provide wireless broadband to remote, developing areas
  • Helped an Internet of Things company obtain FCC equipment certification for its IoT devices
  • Negotiated device insurance and warranty service vendor agreements and advised on regulatory compliance matters for a wireless carrier, a tech company and an IoT company
  • Worked closely with a prominent tech company on federal, state and local regulatory issues involved with facilities access and policy related to the expansion of fiber optic networks to metropolitan and underserved communities across the United States
  • Drafted and negotiated tech transactions involved in a social media company’s acquisition of an internet registrar
  • Advised a leading technology company on its unlicensed wireless spectrum strategy
  • Defended and resolved disputes concerning wireless spectrum leases for a wireless carrier