Wireless

Keller and Heckman has established one of the leading practices before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on wireless licensing and policy matters. We are recognized authorities in fixed, mobile and broadband wireless matters.  

Keller and Heckman represents clients on wireless policy matters before the FCC, FAA, NTIA, and other agencies. Our advocacy efforts on behalf of major trade organizations, companies, agencies, and others clients include meetings with policy makers and drafting comments in regulatory proceedings. We have participated on behalf of our clients in nearly every significant wireless rulemaking proceeding at the FCC.

Our attorneys are experts in wireless licensing and compliance issues facing spectrum users. We have a particular focus in assisting critical infrastructure companies, such as electric utilities, oil and gas companies, railroads, public safety agencies, and commercial providers. We help clients secure and modify station authorizations, assign and transfer control of licenses, obtain rule waivers and other licensing matters for wireless systems and satellite earth station facilities. Keller and Heckman attorneys and licensing specialists work extensively with FCC staff to develop creative responses to meet the needs and requirements of our wireless clients.  This expertise includes FCC, FAA and state tower regulation and registration requirements and procedures.

Our firm is a leader in assisting clients with acquiring much needed wireless spectrum through a variety of means, including spectrum leasing, purchase and sale of licenses, license partitions, disaggregations and the FCC's auctions. We help with all aspects of the process, from identifying available spectrum, drafting and negotiating spectrum leasing and asset purchase arrangements, and securing regulatory authority for the acquisition. Our spectrum acquisition practice spans all of the FCC’s wireless frequency allocations, including the 220 MHz band, AMTS (217/219 MHz), VHF/UHF Part 22 Paging, the 1.4 GHz band, Part 90 land mobile channels, 900 MHz, the 2.5 GHz EBS/BRS band, and the 700 MHz band.  

Keller and Heckman advises equipment manufacturers on the FCC’s equipment authorization requirements and counsels on strategies for dealing with non-conforming equipment. We also represent equipment manufacturers and innovative retailers in obtaining experimental licenses from the FCC to test new wireless technologies in real-world operating environments. 

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