Since 1996, Prince Lobel attorneys have assisted wireless telecommunications carriers in developing their networks. Our attorneys have advised clients on all aspects of site development, from preliminary identification projects to acquisition, permitting, and construction. Prince Lobel has the background, experience, knowledge, relationships, and commitment to successfully meet any development needs.
We provide counsel to telecommunications clients on a full range of legal needs, including:
- Specialized development, including zoning, permitting, and permitting appeals
- Leasing and licensing
- Regulatory matters
- Mergers and acquisitions
- New business structures
- Contract negotiation
Prince Lobel brings a unique mix of skills and resources to the practice of communications law. We have worked closely with wired and wireless carrier clients in helping to develop their communications networks throughout the East Coast. The combined resources of Prince Lobel’s communications, real estate, corporate, and litigation groups enable the firm to meet the increasingly sophisticated business needs of communications companies, ranging from acquisitions and sales to the structuring and financing of new telecommunications ventures.
Our telecommunications clients include wireless carriers, ILECs, CLECs, equipment manufacturers, online service and Internet companies, and cable companies entering the telecommunications field. We have advised and represented these clients in a broad range of transactions. We work extensively with wireless carriers in formulating national, regional, state, and local strategies for their network permitting and site acquisition needs. We have negotiated thousands of leases and license agreements in New England for our wireless clients, and we have obtained municipal permits for hundreds of difficult wireless sites in many Massachusetts, Rhode Island, southern Maine, and southern New Hampshire jurisdictions.
Prince Lobel attorneys have been at the forefront of litigation resulting from the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (Telecom Act). The unique issues presented for communications companies seeking to build their networks in increasingly complex regulatory and business environments often require our communications clients to take active steps to protect their interests.
The telecommunications group serves its clients by aggressively pursuing necessary permits or zoning changes and, when necessary, filing federal suits against municipalities to protect the clients’ rights. In state and federal courts, we have successfully represented our wireless carrier clients in challenges to the adverse permitting decisions of approximately 75 municipalities under the Telecom Act.
Our telecommunications services group includes experienced litigators who have broad experience in a wide variety of practice areas that directly affect communication companies, including the acquisition, leasing, financing, and development of sites, zoning, land use, and real estate litigation, including appeals under the Telecom Act, eminent domain proceedings, construction claim arbitration, and constitutional challenges to local zoning requirements. When necessary, the litigators in our communications group directly support and work in tandem with clients to achieve their business objectives. By utilizing the firm’s extensive and unique knowledge of the Telecom Act, in conjunction with our extensive litigation experience, we have successfully represented wireless carrier clients in challenges to adverse permitting decisions, and defended clients in a wide variety of lawsuits brought by parties challenging their proposed developments.
In 2007, the firm established Prince Lobel Telecommunications Services Group, LLC (Prince Lobel Telecom) which provides turnkey development services for wireless communications clients throughout New England.
For more information on our telecommunications practice, please contact group chair Ricardo M. Sousa at rsousa@PrinceLobel.com or 617 456 8123.