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Client and Industry Challenges

Telecommunication companies regularly confront changing regulation, legislation and economic trends. To remain competitive, telecommunications businesses must be able to trust their counsel to guide them through evolving legislation and assist with the day-to-day transactions that ensure a company’s success and growth.

Snell & Wilmer attorneys take pride in staying up-to-date on the laws and trends that affect our telecommunications clients. Our telecommunications attorneys have a strong working knowledge of the applicable FCC and state commission rulings and procedures that affect the telecommunications industry. We understand that our telecommunication clients have unique issues and business cultures, and we make it a priority to find solutions that address our clients’ specific challenges and goals.

Clients We Serve

Our clients range in size from start-up companies to major publicly-traded corporations. We have extensive experience in merger and acquisition transactions, FCC licensing proceedings, intercarrier agreements, legislative and regulatory policy issues, federal, state and local court litigation, notice and comment regulatory proceedings and diverse other matters affecting media and telecom companies.

Our telecommunications attorneys have also handled diverse regulatory compliance issues, including foreign investment in U.S. businesses and national security reviews. We represent independent local exchange carriers, cellular and cable television providers, and competitive/local access providers. We also specialize in representing clients on matters relating to local exchange acquisitions, cell site acquisitions, construction contracts and space law with respect to satellite communications systems.

Our experience assisting wireless communications carriers with deploying antenna facilities throughout the West includes handling permit application proceedings and appeals of denied applications and advocate changes to local wireless siting ordinances.

Why Clients Select Us

Comprehensive Service: With more than 400 attorneys and other professionals in nine offices located throughout the United States and Mexico, our attorneys are available to support our telecommunications clients with virtually any of their litigation, transactional or regulatory needs. Our attorneys have an expansive range of experience acquired not only in private practice but also in-house at leading telecom companies and on secondments to corporate and regulatory bodies. Our mix of expertise, dedicated knowledge and hands-on commercial experience enables us to provide clients with legal services of the highest quality. We work closely with our clients' legal, marketing, and engineering team members to develop the best strategy for advocating changes to restrictive ordinances.

Experienced and Informed: Our telecommunications attorneys have devised and implemented legislative, public policy and regulatory initiatives on behalf of our clients, and in securing changes in the law and applicable regulations to the benefit of our clients. We strive to help our clients identify significant regulatory developments and issues that may affect their businesses, which allows them to anticipate and plan for, rather than merely reacting to, matters that are important to their businesses. Our lawyers advise on compliance with numerous rules and procedures, including those concerning transfers of control and corporate restructurings.