The constant development of new technologies poses new regulatory challenges for regulators, attorneys and, most importantly, the companies that develop and use those technologies. With well over half a century of experience in responding to changes in communications technology and regulation, Dow Lohnes is uniquely qualified to assist our clients in responding to these challenges.
Dow Lohnes has wide-ranging expertise in aiding proponents of new technologies. Responding to the business and legal issues raised by the intersection of new and existing technologies or of new technologies and existing regulatory regimes is an important part of Dow Lohnes’s communications technologies practice. This work has included assisting wireless providers in addressing FCC number portability and E911 requirements, addressing the implications of the development of broadband telecommunications and information service networks, lobbying for interference protection of navigational devices, and advising on the impact of common carrier regulation on Internet providers and computer and networking equipment manufacturers. The firm also represents clients in proceedings to establish service rules for newly allotted spectrum, as well as for niche services. The firm regularly assists high-tech clients with novel equipment or technologies who face compliance issues relating to outdated or inflexible FCC rules such as obtaining rule waivers and defending against potential FCC enforcement actions.
The firm represents utility and industrial companies and consumer equipment suppliers and users in authorization, compliance, policy and enforcement matters for both licensed and non-licensed devices that use or affect the radio spectrum. This experience allows Dow Lohnes attorneys to assist clients in assessing regulatory issues affecting potential investments in new and emerging technologies.
Dow Lohnes’s broad regulatory experience also permits it to recognize the unique aspects of transactions and financings involving new technologies and new media and to address both regulatory and transactional issues that confront the developers, purchasers, and users of new communications technologies.