Mr. Zankel helps companies build, access, operate and maintain communications networks. He leads communications service providers through various state regulatory approvals and advocates for clients in rulemaking proceedings.
Representing cable, wireless and fiber-optic service provider companies, 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 approvals for numerous companies, including T-Mobile, TeleQuality, Mitel and Altice. He has also secured state and local approvals to build aerial and underground fiber projects.
Mr. Zankel provides counsel on compliance matters involving California and other state communications laws and regulations, and has represented clients in government audits and investigations. He has drafted and negotiated fiber asset purchase agreements, and has represented companies and utilities in various litigation matters.
Mr. Zankel began his law career as a judicial law clerk with the CPUC, where he drafted decisions in various energy and telecommunication proceedings and processed applications to provide utility service in California.