Telecommunications

Massey & Gail partners have decades of telecommunications experience at firms and in house.  They have provided strategic counseling services to major telecommunications companies and associations (Time Warner, Sprint, multiple Bell Operating Companies, MCI, the Digital Media Association, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, and the United States Telephone Association, among others).  They have also represented these companies and associations in state and federal regulatory rule-makings and in enforcement actions, and in litigation from district courts to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The firm’s partners have represented carriers in cases involving state utility commission regulation of the “just and reasonable” terms for local interconnection arrangements, the FCC’s net neutrality rules, prison phone rates, and class actions alleging over-billing.  They have served as national counsel for a major carrier in more than a dozen high stakes cases concerning regulatory arbitrage schemes—cases that were litigated before the FCC, federal district courts, and courts of appeal—that all resulted in dismissals or favorable settlements.  While in house at a Fortune 100 carrier, one of our partners oversaw the company’s litigation in a five-state area.

Massey & Gail has also represented multiple carriers in First Amendment and other constitutional challenges to statutes and regulations, including privacy rules, prohibitions on the rights of  telephone companies to provide information services or video programming to their subscribers, and limits on the number of subscribers a cable television system operator may serve through cable systems.