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


April 16, 2018

Congress Enacts Law Creating a Sex Trafficking Exception From the Immunity Provided by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

On Wednesday, April 11, the President signed into law the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017, also known as “FOSTA.”

April 12, 2018

Infrastructure Series: Agencies Establish One Federal Decision Framework for Project Reviews

This week, a dozen federal agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) committing to “a more predictable, transparent, and timely Federal review and authorization process for delivering major infrastructure projects.” This client alert was also published by Law360.

April 3, 2018

USTR Releases Proposed List of Chinese Products to Be Subject to Section 301 Tariffs

On April 3, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released a list of proposed products that may be subjected to additional tariffs of 25 percent ad valorem, in accordance with President Trump's March 22 Presidential Memorandum directing action pursuant to Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.

March 20, 2018

D.C. Circuit Invalidates Portion of FCC's 2015 Declaratory Ruling & Order Implementing the TCPA

On March 16, 2018, the D.C. Circuit issued its long-awaited ruling in ACA International, et al. v. FCC, et al., resolving a series of challenges to the July 10 2015 Declaratory Ruling & Order of the Federal Communications Commission implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

March 1, 2018

Infrastructure Series: Federal Agency Efforts to Streamline Permitting

This is the second issue of WilmerHale's 10-in-10 Infrastructure Series. In this series, our attorneys share insights on current and emerging issues affecting infrastructure project developers in the United States. Attorneys from various practice groups at the firm offer their take on issues ranging from permitting reform to financing to litigation, and share their insights from working with clients in a variety of infrastructure sectors, from water infrastructure to energy development to infrastructure development on tribal lands. Read all issues in this series and our other recent publications. This client alert was also published by Law360.

February 22, 2018

Infrastructure Series: Trump's Infrastructure Plan and the Future of Infrastructure Reform

Last week, the Trump Administration outlined its vision for improving the nation's infrastructure in the much-anticipated Infrastructure Plan.

February 16, 2018

Federal Trade Commission Update: Senate Hearings Reveal No Obvious Hurdles For Commissioner Nominees

The Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on Wednesday on the nominees to serve on the Federal Trade Commission. The hearing covered a range of antitrust and consumer protection issues before, or potentially before, the Commission, including healthcare competition and pharmaceutical pricing; competition in technology and telecommunications sectors; industry concentration; cybersecurity breaches and privacy; and online or telemarketing deception and scams.

January 12, 2018

Global Anti-Bribery Year-in-Review: 2017 Developments and Predictions for 2018

This past year, which marked the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA"), demonstrated that the FCPA continues to be a powerful tool in combating corruption abroad and encouraging compliance at global companies.

December 22, 2017

Global Magnitsky Sanctions Target Human Rights Abusers and Government Corruption Around the World

This article also appeared on the New York University School of Law Compliance and Enforcement Blog.

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.