The client in this rapidly changing area can build upon our attorneys expert advice gained from a long line of involvement with clients in statehouse halls and chambers while strategically growing with our consultation and advice into communications links barely imagined years ago. Whether the matter is a legal question, a business matter, or a regulatory proceeding, our telecommunications issues practice team can pair with the broader teams of lawyers in our firm offering services in litigation, municipal law, intellectual property or corporate law to provide our clients with the services they seek.
Our telecommunications team members draw upon services as a public utility commissioner and a public utility commission general counsel; we have helped to craft the statutory language outlining the regulatory point at issue; we have litigated the cases which have helped to shape the Iowa communications picture. BrownWinick attorneys have tackled the issues of regulation and deregulation; certificates and municipal franchises; the importance of service quality and consumer protection issues; regulatory hearings and litigated appeals in both federal and state courts; wholesale services and retail provider issues; satellite, copper and fiber. Always, the goal for us is our clients' representation and satisfaction, pursued in a highly professional, ethical, responsive and timely manner.
Mediacom v. City of Iowa City, et. al.Obtained summary judgment in Federal District Court for the Southern District of Iowa for our client the City of Iowa City. The plaintiff alleged that Iowa City violated the Federal Telecommunications Act by allowing a competitor to construct a multi-use infrastructure for phone, internet and cable television services in the City without requiring the competitor to obtain a cable franchise under state and local law. The competitor, however, was not providing cable television services, just phone and internet. The court found it undisputed that the competitor was only providing “telecommunications services” and that “telecommunications services” are not subject to local franchising authorities, noting that although the competitor may become capable of delivering cable programming in the future, it was not now delivering said programming and therefore not presently required to seek a cable franchise.
Sprint Communications Company v. Iowa Utilities Board Polk County District CourtDefended telecommunications company in a successful challenge to an administrative order denying numbering resources for internet service provider telephone numbers.
* Past results are reported to provide the reader with an indication of the type of litigation in which we practice and do not and should not be construed to create an expectation of result in any other case as all cases are dependent upon their own unique fact situation and applicable law.
BrownWinick has been included in the U.S. News - Best Lawyers® 2019 "Best Law Firms" rankings.
BrownWinick is pleased to announce that 27 lawyers have been included in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
BrownWinick successfully defended the City of Iowa City in an appeal before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals involving the City's passage of three resolutions to facilitate ImOn Communications, LLC's ("ImOn") construction of a fiber optic network in Iowa City that would provide only telephone and internet service.
As you may recall from the September 2009 article in The Legal Monitor entitled "Federal Trade Commission Red Flags Rule," the Federal Trade Commission Red Flags Rule was set to be enforced starting November 1, 2009. On October 31, 2009, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it was again delaying the enforcement date.
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