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Licensing & Regulatory Compliance

The regulatory requirements affecting communications companies are difficult to navigate alone.

With a vast amount of experience at both the state and federal level, the ArentFox Schiff can help guide your company safely through any regulatory issues that may arise, and aid your company in maintaining compliance to avoid problems in the future. We routinely assist clients with regulatory matters, such as:


We have assisted companies of all shapes and sizes, both domestic and foreign, with their licensing requirements. From startup companies providing competitive local exchange services to established carriers expanding their service territories into new areas, to wireless carriers and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers, we obtain licenses and certifications at the state and federal levels. We also routinely represent non-carriers who use private wireless licenses in their manufacturing or mining operations.

Mergers, Acquisitions, and Capitalization

Business transactions, such as mergers, acquisitions, or additional capitalization in a regulated industry, often require regulatory clearance prior to closing. We routinely guide companies through that process on both the state and federal levels. In addition, we frequently collaborate with the firm’s Corporate practice to handle other aspects of the transaction.


Our group has developed a tremendous background in all areas of compliance for carriers, including Universal Service, state and federal tariffs, telephone numbering resources, and number portability, privacy, Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS), and E-911. Our team also regularly conducts compliance audits and assists companies in obtaining necessary industry codes in order to commence operations.


Every carrier must be prepared to respond to complaints initiated by a customer or a regulatory agency. Our attorneys represent carriers before the FCC and state utility commissions in complaint proceedings. Working with our clients, we are able to resolve disputes in a timely and effective manner.


For many carriers and VoIP providers, interconnection with other carriers in a cost-effective manner is key to doing business. We have a vast background in reviewing, negotiating, and arbitrating interconnection agreements.

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