Emanating in part from the firm’s substantial public utilities practice, which pre-dates the firm’s formation in 1954, our telecommunications, broadband and video practices encompass many of the ever-evolving issues and technological advances associated with the industry. Our attorneys have varied and extensive experience in this industry, including submitting filings, appearing before state and federal regulatory agencies, and handling appeals, state bidding and procurement processes, compliance issues, contract drafting and negotiation, and acquisitions and mergers, just to name a few.
Butler Snow’s attorneys practicing in these areas strategize and counsel on emerging issues, are conversant in legislative and regulatory developments, and work collaboratively with their environmental, municipal, business law, real estate, antitrust, economic development and tax firm colleagues, providing our clients with a creative and comprehensive approach to implementing their respective business strategies and to addressing and resolving new challenges in the always-changing technological landscape.
Among other things, the firm has handled substantial cases involving issues between or concerning various providers, quality of service matters, contract claims, antitrust cases, acquisitions, rate cases, and a variety of tax matters peculiar to this industry.
Butler Snow lawyers have long-practiced before many regulatory agencies and public service commissions in the Southeast, including the Mississippi Public Service Commission, the Tennessee Public Utility Commission, the Arkansas Public Service Commission, the Georgia Public Service Commission, and the Kentucky Public Utilities Commission.
Clients of the firm include several large interstate and intrastate wire line carriers, wireless/cellular carriers, cooperatives, non-regulated entities that own regulated carriers, and various broadband and video providers.