Mr. Zankel helps companies build, access, operate and maintain communications networks and services through results-driven representation in regulatory, litigation, and transactional matters.
Representing cable, wireless and fiber-optic service providers, Mr. Zankel guides clients in rulemaking, adjudicatory and application proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and other state public utility commissions. These proceedings relate to network deployment, market competition, service affordability, interconnection agreements, California LifeLine, California Advances Services Fund, California Teleconnect Fund and other issues. Mr. Zankel has helped secure state merger and asset purchase approvals for numerous companies. He has also secured numerous state and local approvals to build aerial and underground fiber projects, as well successfully resolved various infrastructure and franchising disputes with local governments.
Mr. Zankel has negotiated infrastructure asset purchase agreements, represented utilities in public policy and administrative litigation matters, and represented clients in government audits and investigations. He provides counsel on compliance matters involving California and other state communications laws and regulations.
Mr. Zankel began his law career as a judicial law clerk with the CPUC, where he drafted decisions in various energy and telecommunication proceedings in California.