Telecommunications

The Telecommunications practice at Pullman & Comley offers a wide range of legal services to assist clients in responding to the opportunities and requirements of the telecommunications markets throughout the New England region and the country. This practice incorporates the firm’s extensive transactional and regulatory experience in wireless and wireline telecommunications to provide practical, focused results for our clients.  Our attorneys deal with every aspect of telecommunications, including leasing, regulatory proceedings, setting of utility rates, siting and land use, interconnection, environmental law, real estate, taxation, business, project and operational finance and litigation.

Attorneys in this practice have extensive experience before the Federal Communications Commission, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and its predecessor, the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control, the Connecticut Siting Council and the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunication and Cable, as well as similar agencies around the country.  We also regularly practice before local zoning, wetlands and land use agencies with respect to the siting of telecommunications towers and antennas as those agencies determine the balance between the impacts and public benefits of various projects.

Members of the Telecommunications practice represent clients in the siting of telecommunications towers for wireless providers, the leasing of land for towers, the leasing of space on towers, the siting of antennas on towers and on rooftops and the implementation of DAS systems.  For wireline providers and customers, we have experience obtaining certificates of public convenience and necessity, negotiating interconnection agreements, negotiating end-user agreements, pursuing cost of service dockets at the Department of Public Utility Control and responding to complaints at both the local and federal level including the Federal Communications Commission.  Our attorneys also regularly provide guidance on telemarketing issues and responding to complaints involving do-not-call violations.

Representative Experience

  • Represention of landowners in ground lease for tower development including negotiation and revenue sharing arrangement
  • Represention of building owners in rooftop lease for antennas including rooftop management issues for the siting of multiple carriers
  • Representation of a wireline telecommunications provider before the Federal Communications Commission in response to a complaint relating to Long Term Number Portability procedures
  • Representation of a wireline telecommunications provider before the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control on general regulatory matters
  • Representation of a wireline telecommunications provider in a litigation matter involving a customer complaint relating to quality of service
  • Representation of wireline and wireless telecommunications providers before the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control on interconnection negotiations and arbitration of the terms of the agreement
  • Representation of telecommunications providers before the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control in a cost study for reciprocal compensation and transit services
  • Representation of wireless telecommunications providers before the Connecticut Siting Council on the placement of antennas on existing cell towers
  • Representation of national infrastructure developers before the Connecticut Siting Council on the approval of a new tower building in Connecticut
  • Representation of wireless telecommunications providers in the leasing of tower space and rooftop space of antennas

Case Studies