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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Ian Forbes

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Work Department

Telecommunications; Intellectual Property; Technology

Position

Lawyer

Career

Ian Forbes joined DLA Piper after five years in the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB).

In WCB, Ian’s primary areas of expertise were universal service and broadband deployment, with a particular focus on high-cost and contributions issues. He worked on reform and implementation matters stemming from the FCC's 2011 Universal Service Fund Transformation Order, including the Connect America Fund (CAF) engineering cost model (CAM), the CAF Phase II auction, and various CAF Phase I and Phase II issues involving insular and tribal areas. Ian led the FCC’s Rural Broadband Experiments, a program of targeted experiments to gain experience and data to inform policy decisions regarding how to ensure universal access. He also oversaw a team dedicated to contributions issues, including interfacing with the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service on contributions methodology reform, as well as the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) on various contributions policy and audit matters.

Ian also served in WCB's front office as Legal Advisor to the Bureau Chief. In this capacity, his portfolio included matters related to telecommunications access policy and regulation and administration of the Universal Service Fund, including the CAF, Lifeline, School and Libraries (also known as E-rate), and Rural Health Care programs, as well as other rural and tribal broadband deployment issues.

Education

JD, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law; BA, American University


United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory

Within: Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory

The ‘very dedicated’ and ‘knowledgeableDLA Piper LLP (US) is particularly strong in international work. Nancy Victory co-heads the practice and provides ‘practical advice’ and ‘stands behind her recommendations and opinions’. She has expertise in both regulatory and transactional matters, particularly in wireless, satellite and cable issues. She recently advised Texzon Technologies on obtaining FCC approvals for its new radio frequency technology and Motorola Solutions on its emergency response technology. Fellow practice head Michael Senkowski is highly experienced in regulatory counseling, wireless policy and spectrum allocation. He assisted OneWeb with the regulatory aspects of its use of low orbit satellites to deliver broadband services to regions which previously had no internet access. He also worked with Echodyne Corp in obtaining regulatory approval for commercial drones. Eric DeSilva is particularly knowledgeable on wireless policy and spectrum auctions, and recently advised T-Mobile on the FCC’s broadcast television incentive auction. John Beahn recently joined from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and has significant expertise in regulatory issues. Edward Smith is also a new arrival and previously worked for the FCC. He is ‘very responsive’ and ‘knowledgeable about the mobile satellite industry’. Other additions to the team include principal Ira Keltz and associates Sean Robinson, Dana Zelman and Ian Forbes, who also all recently joined from the FCC. AT&T and Verizon are key clients.

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Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Within: Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s practice has a strong focus on cross-border transactions and its clients include the likes of T-Mobile and AT&T. Michael Senkowski jointly heads the practice and is an expert in telecoms mergers as well as regulatory counseling, spectrum allocation and wireless policy issues. He recently worked with OneWeb on its deployment of low orbit satellites across the globe. Nancy Victory also leads the practice and is highly skilled in transactional matters, especially involving telephony and wireless providers, satellite operators and submarine cable operators. She recently assisted Globecomm Systems with its sale to an investor group led by HPS Investment Partners and Tennenbaum Capital Partners, and she advised Verizon on its multi-step reorganization. Eric DeSilva is also a key figure, with a strong skill-set in wireless policy issues and spectrum auctions. John Beahn, who joined from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, has extensive experience working with media companies and wireline and wireless service providers. Other additions included wireless and satellite specialist Edward Smith, principal Ira Keltz and associates Sean Robinson, Dana Zelman and Ian Forbes, all of whom joined from the FCC. All lawyers are based in Washington DC.

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