Industry

Telecommunications

Established and Creative Advisors for Carriers and Manufacturers

Attorneys in Munger, Tolles & Olson’s telecommunications practice guide executives and in-house counsel through myriad complex regulatory, statutory and constitutional issues that arise in this industry. In a changing space comprised of issues at the front of cultural conversation and concern as well as familiar matters noted for their ongoing legal complexity, our clients benefit from an interdisciplinary approach that allows us to call on our colleagues across the firm to advise on major telecommunications projects.

Services

 Our practice includes:

Regulatory

  • Litigated proceedings
  • Compliance

Litigation

  • Securities
  • Class Actions
  • Appellate

Patent

  • Intellectual Property

Clients

Our recent representations include:

  • Attorneys General of New York and California  
  • Comcast Cable
  • Frontier Communications
  • Ponderosa Telephone
  • Verizon

 

 

Related Practices

Team

Ginger Anders
Zachary Briers
Grant Davis-Denny
Carolyn Hoecker Luedtke
Kyle Mach
Glenn Pomerantz
William Temko
Donald Verrilli
Henry Weissmann

 

Experience

Our telecommunications clients benefit from Munger, Tolles & Olson’s interdisciplinary approach to service. Many of our clients return to us for additional guidance whenever they face novel and complex questions that require creative minds. Recent representations include representing:

Verizon

  • before the CPUC where Verizon is pursuing regulatory approval of its planned acquisition of TracFone Wireless, Inc., the largest provider of pre-paid wireless service in the United States.
  • in the development of comments to be submitted to the FCC regarding preemption of local impediments to the deployment of 5G technology, and in successfully defending as intervenor on appeal before the Ninth Circuit the FCC’s Rule preempting local impediments to the employment of 5G technology.

Ponderosa Telephone Company in a matter adverse to the California Public Utilities Commission after the CPUC issued a ruling threatening to impose penalties on Ponderosa, and certain other entities, for allegedly failing to disclose to the Commission certain information the CPUC believed was material.

Comcast

  • in a successful appeal before the Ninth Circuit concerning the meaning and application of the federal Cable Act and California’s corresponding Digital Infrastructure and Video Competition Act.
  • as lead appellate counsel in appeals arising out of International Trade Commission and Patent Trial and Appeal Board proceedings concerning Comcast's DVR technology.

Case Studies

A Groundbreaking Challenge to a Multi-Billion Dollar Merger
Client: Attorneys General of California and New York

Munger, Tolles & Olson was selected by the attorneys general of New York and California and worked with 12 other states to lead a high-profile and potentially ground-breaking antitrust challenge to the $26 billion Sprint/T-Mobile merger. The 14 states, which also included Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, Virginia and Wisconsin, had filed a federal lawsuit to stop the merger, arguing that eliminating a major wireless company would harm consumers by creating a concentrated market with fewer choices and higher prices.

Federal antitrust authorities and the Department of Justice did not intervene to prevent the merger, and for states to bring a case like this on their own is extraordinarily rare. Although unsuccessful, with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York permitting the merger to move ahead on February 11, 2020, the lawsuit signaled to companies in other potential deals that they should expect to face tougher enforcement from states even if the federal government permits a deal.

Very few private antitrust lawyers have ever worked on a case like this, and the selection of Munger, Tolles & Olson to lead this effort underlines the firm’s position as the antitrust law firm of choice for the largest and most challenging matters.

Press: T-Mobile and Sprint Are Cleared to Merge as the Big Get Bigger

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