We have long had one of the leading FCC regulatory practices in the US, as well as one of the country's leading antitrust practices, with a particular focus on the telecommunications industry. Over the last fifteen years, we have also developed very strong telecommunications regulatory and competition practices in our European offices, serving clients across Europe. Recently, we:

  • Successfully obtained regulatory and antitrust clearances in the US or Europe for major mergers and acquisitions in the telecommunications industry, including US WEST/Qwest, Deutsche Telekom/VoiceStream (creating T-Mobile in the US), Datum/Symmetricom, and Andrew Corporation/Allen Telecom. We are also currently serving as regulatory and policy counsel for a Bell company in a high profile transaction.
  • Successfully represented a major European telecommunications provider in investigations of that company’s practices by the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office, and in challenging a Commission decision before the European Court of First Instance.
  • Assisted three of the Bell companies before the FCC and state commissions in their efforts to enter the long distance market.
  • Successfully defended Bell companies in FCC enforcement proceedings involving alleged violations of section 271 and other provisions of the Telecommunications Act.
  • Represented telecommunications clients in non-merger investigations before the US Department of Justice, including investigations into bid signaling in an FCC auction of PCS licenses and into joint marketing agreements among the regional Bell operating companies for  Internet yellow pages.

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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.

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.

January 20, 2017

China Requires Registration of App Stores

The Cyberspace Administration of China on January 13, 2017 issued a notice concerning registration of Internet app stores. The notice requires that, effective January 16, all app stores must register with the provincial-level cyberspace authority.

December 5, 2016

Presidential Cybersecurity Commission Issues Ambitious Policy Roadmap for Next Administration

On December 1, the nonpartisan Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, established pursuant to an Executive Order in February, issued its report, outlining more than 50 recommendations for the next Administration.

September 29, 2016

Brexit and Data Protection: The Impact on GDPR Compliance

As we wait for the UK to decide what arrangement it will seek with the European Union when it leaves, it may be useful to focus on what Brexit may mean for data protection. This WilmerHale Client Alert was republished in the Journal of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law (Vol. 44, No. 10).

June 3, 2016

CFIUS Actions Highlight Focus on Critical Technologies and Infrastructure

In its latest report to Congress, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, the US government's interagency body that vets foreign investment with national security implications, reported that it reviewed a record 147 notices in 2014, a 52% increase from 2013. This WilmerHale Client Alert was republished by Wolters Kluwer.

March 10, 2016

Tightening Internet Regulation in China

While the so-called Great Firewall remains in place to block unwanted overseas content and postings by ordinary citizens remain subject to censorship, now the restrictions on publishing and programming familiar to radio, film and television are being extended in full to the Internet.

January 14, 2016

China Issues Updated Telecommunications Services Catalogue

China has for the first time in 12 years issued a new edition of the Telecommunications Services Catalogue to replace the badly outdated 2003 version issued shortly after China's WTO accession.