W&G's attorneys and non-attorney senior professionals have broad expertise in international communications matters, advising companies, international organizations, and governments regarding the legal and policy problems of conducting business internationally. The firm represents these organizations on a variety of issues before U.S. and foreign regulators, in international proceedings and negotiations, and in corporate and commercial transactions. Our regulatory experience extends to traditional telecommunications issues, such as interconnection and the proper treatment of Internet-protocol and 3rd-generation mobile services, but also to broader concerns such as jurisdictional disputes between state and federal authorities and among sovereign states, right-of-way disputes, and environmental regulation of telecommunications facilities. We also have extensive experience in WTO matters (including accession, liberalization, and dispute settlement), market access disputes (including disputes over goods, services, investment, and government procurement), and bilateral and regional trade negotiations (most recently the U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement and the Free Trade Area of the Americas). W&G regularly represents clients in the critical multilateral organization meetings that determine international spectrum allocation, including the World Radio Conference and CITEL, and the U.S. delegation meetings that prepare for those conferences.
Wiltshire & Grannis has a number of international affiliates whose expertise on the complex regulatory environments in other parts of the world compliments the international legal knowledge and experience of our own attorneys.
- Advising high-tech clients on foreign regulator electronic equipment compliance, certification and authorization matters.
- Offering strategic advice on opportunities for telecom services in the European market.
- Securing licenses and other necessary authorizations from the FCC for international telecom services and submarine cable landings.
- Secured the first post-WTO approval of the acquisition of a U.S. telecommunications carrier by a company with substantial foreign governmental ownership.
- Advising non-United States investors with respect to the regulations regarding and processes for investing in United States telecommunications and broadcasting companies, including obtaining clearance from the FCC, U.S. law enforcement and national security agencies and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.
- Advising and assisting clients with preparation and attendance at key U.S. delegation and international meetings regarding the allocation and use of spectrum.