Telecommunications

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Overview

Verrill Dana's Telecommunications Law Group has an active and successful practice representing New England regional as well as national providers and consumers of telecommunications services. Our clients include wireless and traditional telecommunication providers, high tech companies, internet service providers, radio communications providers, and wholesale consumers of telecommunications services.

The Telecommunications Law Group routinely assists clients on regulatory matters before the Maine Public Utilities Commission and other agencies; issues related to facility siting for towers or wires; corporate finance and other business transactions; labor and employment issues; real estate and easement procurement; mergers and acquisitions; and state and local procurement. Through our affiliate, Maine Street Solutions, the Telecommunications Law Group also offers its clients sophisticated government relations and public affairs assistance in Maine and the region.

Some of our recent projects include:

  • Real estate, environmental and permitting services in the siting of more than 200 towers in Maine over the past decade.
  • Regulatory and corporate assistance to local exchange carrier in acquisition by large regional carrier.
  • Representation of utilities before Maine's Public Utilities Commission on issues related to rates, terms of service, and change of ownership.
  • Representation of a major regional telecommunications company regarding the introduction of ISP service in Maine.
  • Coordination of a coalition of national mobile telecommunications providers in a state rulemaking related to emergency service and outage reporting.
  • Government affairs assistance to a radio communications carrier on issues related to state procurement, including assistance with regard to a bid appeal before an agency panel and Superior Court. 
  • Representation of a national telecommunications company in connection with providing telecommunications relay service in Maine.
  • Government affairs assistance to numerous telecommunications providers on issues related to mobile sourcing, tax reform, and E-911 and USF fees.
  • Regulatory assistance to a national call center in a state regulatory proceeding related to quality of service and billing issues.
  • Representation of a consortium of utilities before the Maine Department of Transportation on issues related to utility facility location.
  • Regular presence before the Maine Legislature and the Utilities & Energy Committee on nearly every issue of importance to utilities over many decades.

The following is a list of representative clients served by the Telecommunications Group:

  • Aliant
  • AOL
  • eBay
  • Hamilton Communications
  • M/A-Com, Inc., a subsidiary of Tyco Electronics
  • New England 800 Company (d/b/a Taction)
  • Utilities, Inc.
  • Verizon Communications
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Yellow Pages Association
  • YP.Net
  • Other national telecommunications providers

Contacts

  • Partner
    T: (207) 253-4708
  • Counsel
    T: (617) 274-2854