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The Womble Carlyle Communications, Technology and Media Group provides innovative solutions for all of your privacy, telecommunications, cable, broadband, communications technology, U.S. and International copyright, and broadcast needs. Our team constantly apprises our clients on both legal and technological changes in these fields in order to provide you with a full, complete range of services.
We serve clients ranging from well-established international corporations to emerging entrepreneurs. Our clients include telecommunications carriers, wireless service providers, Voice over Internet Protocol service providers, customers of enterprise services, U.S. and Caribbean cable companies; U.S. and International copyright users; radio and television broadcasters, equipment manufacturers, communications technology companies, and Internet Service Providers. We also assist large users of communications services with their procurement needs, as well as venture capital firms, investment banks and other investors in the communications industry.
We offer a complete range of services in this field covering each aspect of your communications business -- transactions, licensing, regulatory compliance, policy advocacy, and litigation -- focusing on the following areas:
Whether you are a domestic telecommunications company or an international business operating in the U.S. market, Womble Carlyle's full-service telecommunications practice can help you achieve your business goals. Our attorneys have extensive experience working with traditional telecommunications companies as well as cellular and Internet service providers.
Our nationally known telecommunications lawyers have served as appellate and trial counsel in a diverse array of telecommunications matters. Our attorneys have acted as lead appellate counsel before the federal courts of appeals. We have represented carriers in breach of contract actions in federal and state courts, and we have substantial experience litigating formal and informal complaints before the FCC and state public service commissions. Our experience has given us the technological understanding, policy experience, and litigation tools to provide comprehensive counsel and advocacy in virtually any litigation forum that your company may need.
Homeland security and law enforcement compliance also are increasingly important issues for telecommunications companies. When these matters arise, we can address wire tapping regulations, information retention policies and network security concerns. Our goal is to help our clients comply with all security laws while still protecting the security of private customer records.
Our work in this field extends to representing both foreign telecommunications companies in the U.S. market as well as representing American telecommunications providers in international matters. We strive to help companies find business opportunities.
In addition to traditional telecommunications companies, we represent clients in emerging technologies, such as Voice over Internet, WiFi and WiMax. We assist clients with legal matters pertaining to a wide variety of wireless services including:
Our Telecommunications experience includes:
Few areas of the law are as heavily regulated by the federal government as those surrounding over-the-air radio and television. Navigating this complex web requires skilled, specific legal counsel.
Our attorneys have extensive experience with all manner of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulation and compliance. We regularly negotiate broadcast station sales, acquisitions and ownership combinations under FCC's evolving rules and policies; complete FCC-compliant due diligence for mergers, acquisitions and re-financings; help broadcasters ensure compliance with FCC station ownership anti-trust and competition regulations; complete transactions on behalf of foreign ownership groups; provide strategic input for facility improvements; defend challenges to applications; seek special relief for unusual situations; and give day-to-day advice on broadcast station compliance with all FCC regulations, including political broadcasts, contests and lotteries, indecency and children's television. When confronted with issues involving other areas of legal practice, such as antitrust, real estate matters, personnel issues and taxation, we are able to draw upon the wide-spread experience of our entire firm.
We also provide legal representation in the areas of video on demand, direct broadcast satellite and satellite radio and Internet Protocol television (IPTV), both in regulatory compliance as well as in business transactional matters.
Our team of attorneys routinely assists clients with AM, FM and TV license renewals, network affiliation and programming agreements, equal employment opportunity compliance, digital broadcast transitions, newspaper/broadcast station combinations, and negotiations of mergers and acquisitions of station groups.
Our attorneys frequently speak at national and state broadcaster conventions and represent various state broadcaster associations. This helps us stay in touch with the real world issues that affect radio and television broadcasters. We also have extensive networks of contacts with brokers and engineers, with whom we work closely to fashion meaningful solutions to the diverse and challenging issues our clients often face.
Radio and Television experience:
Since its inception, the cable industry is one of innovators. The cable industry has grown from providing a handful of broadcast stations to rural communities to a multi-media platform that meets the diverse communications, information and entertainment needs of consumers and businesses. In addition to linear multichannel video programming, cable operators offer a variety of complementary video services, including video on demand, digital video recording and other time- and place-shifting services. Recognizing consumers' desire to have a single provider, the cable industry introduced the concept of triple play - video, Internet, and telephony. Responding to a more mobile society, cable has begun to offer its services on multiple platforms, that include wireless communications and Internet protocol.
For more than 30 years, our cable attorneys have been at the forefront of assisting cable operators in the development and deployment of innovative new services. Our team has the experience to help clients succeed in all areas of this complex environment, whether dealing with matters involving the FCC, the Copyright Office and other federal agencies, Congress, state public service commissions and local regulatory authorities.
As part of a full-service law firm, with 14 offices in 8 states and the District of Columbia and many national practice areas, Womble Carlyle can deliver a complete array of legal services guided by attorneys who have an intimate knowledge and understanding of your cable business.
Our Cable experience includes:
The content explosion on the Internet as a tool for commerce and personal networking carries with it an increased risk to consumers of fraud and information misuse. We expect heightened regulatory scrutiny of utility companies, Internet content and e-commerce transactions, particularly in the areas of consumer protection of privacy. Let the Womble Privacy and Data Protection Team help you navigate these wide waters of Internet and privacy regulation.
Subscriber privacy is one key area of increasing concern for communications providers, as high-profile customer data breaches have cost businesses in other fields millions of dollars. Given the amount of customer data cable companies must keep on file, they must be particularly concerned about information security.
We can help you understand and comply with the many statutes and regulations mandating protection of subscriber information, including the CPNI rules, the CAN-SPAM Act, the Telecommunications Consumer Protection Act, and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.
Our privacy services focus on more than just compliance. We take a strategic approach to privacy planning. Womble Carlyle has extensive experience in helping companies draft and execute policies and procedures to help ensure data privacy, while still allowing you to collect the information you need.
Our attorneys in the Telecommunications, Cable & Broadcast Group regularly appear at conferences and industry events related to privacy regulation. In addition, we publish a bi-monthly electronic Privacy Bulletin that includes discussion of upcoming privacy regulation and provides notice of important compliance deadlines in the various federal and state privacy regimes.
Our Privacy experience includes: