Jenner & Block

Communications

Jenner & Block enjoys a decades-long reputation for excellence in handling communications matters before the Federal Communications Commission and other agencies and courts.  We understand the novel legal and regulatory challenges presented by the convergence of telecom, Internet and cable technologies―and the impact of this convergence on the industry.

Our attorneys combine broad experience with inside perspective into the inner workings of the FCC, the Department of Justice and other regulatory agencies across the country.  Our practice includes a former FCC general counsel and senior FCC policy advisor, a former senior counsel to the chairman for Transactions, numerous Supreme Court and Court of Appeals clerks and nationally recognized lawyers who have extensive experience handling cutting-edge telecommunications and media law issues. 

Jenner & Block’s Communications Practice is built on a tradition of excellence in representing communications and media companies.  This tradition began with our work as lead counsel on the antitrust suit against AT&T in the 1980s and continues with our work on the forefront of nearly all areas of communications law, including the Internet, cable, telecom, wireless, satellite and media. 

We provide representation on a wide range of communications issues.  Our matters  span agency proceedings and enforcement actions, transactions, and litigation.  Our expertise in the entire communications landscape―from technical regulatory matters to policy and politics―enables us to achieve excellent results for our clients.  The Communications group works closely with members of the Firm’s other practices, including our nationally recognized Content, Media and Entertainment, Supreme Court and Appellate and First Amendment practices. Together, we have tackled numerous important issues before the FCC and the courts, including net neutrality, media ownership, online video and content restrictions on video programming and video games.

AGENCY PROCEEDINGS AND ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS

Jenner & Block represents telecommunications and media clients at the FCC, the Department of Justice and other regulatory agencies across the country.  We have developed particular expertise in matters concerning video regulation, the Internet and other advanced services, spectrum and wireless issues, and telephone competition.  Recent matters include program access and program carriage disputes, media ownership proceedings, proceedings on the status of on-line video providers, net neutrality, spectrum and interference proceedings, universal service and intercarrier compensation.

MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS

Jenner & Block regularly represents media and telecommunications clients in mergers and acquisitions and other transactions involving license transfers.  Our work includes both securing regulatory approval from the FCC and other regulatory agencies and, with our Corporate practice, negotiating and executing agreements.  Representative transactions include Comcast-NBCU, AT&T-T-Mobile, Verizon-Frontier, Verizon Wireless-ALLTEL and CenturyTel-Embarq.  We have also successfully represented clients in numerous radio and television station transactions. 

COMMUNICATIONS LITIGATION

Jenner & Block represents telecommunications and media clients in a wide range of litigation in courts across the country.  These cases cover the full gamut of issues, including spectrum licenses, media ownership, video programming and media content, intercarrier compensation and Administrative Procedure Act challenges to FCC orders.  Representative matters include Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, et al.(U.S. 2011), Prometheus Radio Project v. FCC (3d Cir. 2010), Pacific Bell Telephone Co. v. LinkLine Communications, Inc. (U.S. 2009), NCTA v. Brand X Internet Servs., (U.S. 2005),and FCC v. NextWave Telecommunications Inc., (2003).

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