Telecommunications INDUSTRIES

Telecom and wireless technology has fundamentally changed our business and personal lives in a very short time. Email, PDAs and mobile communications devices—unfamiliar to most of us 15 years ago—are now ubiquitous. New technologies bring enormous market opportunities, but market opportunities alone do not ensure long-term success. Long-term success requires a solid corporate structure, financial health, protection of critical technologies and the agility to navigate changing regulatory requirements.

WilmerHale has played a leading role in shaping the rules that govern telecommunications and online services in both the United States and Europe. When important issues of first impression arise in these fiercely competitive industries, companies turn to us for focused insight and effective problem solving. We understand our clients' businesses, and we bring experience and technical knowledge to the issues of greatest importance to them.

We have counseled hundreds of telecom and wireless clients, ranging from leading service providers to emerging startup companies.


We represent telecom and wireless innovators and market leaders. Our clients include:

Analog Devices
AT&T Inc.
Axsun Technologies
Deutsche Telekom
Starent Networks
Verizon Communications
Verizon Wireless

Publications & News


November 10, 2017

Serendipity and Internet Law: How the 'Zeran v. AOL' Landmark Almost Wasn't

In this article published in The Recorder, co-author Patrick Carome discusses the landmark ruling in Zeran v. AOL, a pillar of the legal framework that has permitted revolutionary services such as Google, Facebook and Twitter to exist and thrive.

September 26, 2017

Trump Administration Imposes Broad New Sanctions Against North Korea

Over the past several years, as North Korea has increased the capability of its nuclear and ballistic missile program, there has been a steady increase in sanctions pressure against North Korea by the United States and the broader international community. In response to the latest provocations from North Korea, late last week President Trump declared that it was time to “maximize pressure” on North Korea and signed a new Executive Order.

September 7, 2017

Interior Department Issues NEPA Streamlining Directive

Last week, the Deputy Secretary of Interior, David Bernhardt, issued a memo directing the Department's bureaus to streamline environmental impact statements prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act.

August 22, 2017

Executive Order Reinforces Measures to Reform Infrastructure Project Review

On August 15, President Trump signed an Executive Order calling for streamlined federal review of major infrastructure projects. The Order builds on prior efforts to streamline infrastructure permitting by setting new goals for federal reviews of covered projects and establishing formal methods to hold agencies accountable for the efficiency of their reviews.

July 31, 2017

President Expected to Sign New Sanctions Bill to Constrain Presidential Authority While Expanding "Sanctions Toolkit" for Russia, Iran, and North Korea

On July 27, the US Senate passed the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, a comprehensive sanctions bill that expands US sanctions against three countries: Russia, Iran and North Korea.

July 31, 2017

BTI Industry Power Rankings Feature WilmerHale’s Strong Client Relationships in Key Industries

WilmerHale registers an impressive performance in the BTI Industry Power Rankings 2017, which provides insight into the law firms that are best positioned with the largest, most prestigious clients across 18 industry segments.

July 24, 2017

German Government Amends German Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance to Widen Control of Foreign Takeovers of Critical German Companies

On July 12 the German federal government adopted important amendments to the German Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance.

July 10, 2017

The European Commission's E-Commerce Report: Practical Lessons

For the last two years, the European Commission (“EC”) has been carrying out a Sector Inquiry into e-commerce of consumer goods and digital content in the EU. As part of this, the EC has sent companies many questionnaires and, in response, received some 9,000 sales, distribution and licensing agreements.

June 20, 2017

Court Determines That Grocer's Website Not Used to Sell Goods Is Public Accommodation Under the ADA

Last week, following a bench trial, a federal district judge in Florida concluded that the grocery store and pharmacy chain Winn-Dixie violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act because its website is not compatible with industry-standard screen-reading software used by visually impaired consumers.

June 20, 2017

President Trump Announces New Cuba Restrictions

Although US policy since 2014 has been to normalize US-Cuba relations and liberalize trade with Cuba, President Trump signaled a partial reversal of US policy in a speech in Miami and the issuance of a National Security Presidential Memorandum, focusing on new restrictions on individual travel to Cuba and on dealings with Cuban military-related entities.