Telecommunications

Overview

The communications marketplace has undergone a historic transformation from providers of telecommunications services offering traditional landline and intrastate interexchange services to an industry dominated by service providers offering wireless communications and technology services to millions nationwide. Traditional cable television companies find themselves not only facing an uncertain regulatory environment but also having to meet the challenge posed by telecommunications providers as each moves toward a more sophisticated, intelligent, and integrated market for services. 

Our Services and Our Team

Robinson+Cole’s Environmental, Energy + Telecommunications Group assists the nation’s largest wireless service provider and other wireless infrastructure companies in permitting and siting of wireless telecommunication facilities, negotiating real estate and other land use agreements with private property owners and municipalities for use of property and public rights of way and addressing governmental or community considerations related to the siting of wireless infrastructure.

    • Experience
      • Successfully defended Verizon Wireless in the closely watched Town of Westport tower siting appeal.

      • Represent Verizon Wireless in regulatory matters in Connecticut before the Connecticut Siting Council and Public Utilities Regulatory Authority as well as local land use boards and commissions.

      • Provide Verizon wireless with legislative and lobbying support related to all issues affecting the wireless industry in Connecticut.

      • Represent Verizon Wireless in regulatory matters in Massachusetts before state and local siting authorities and on legislative issues affecting the wireless industry before the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy as well as local land use boards and commissions.

      • Draft zoning regulations and bylaws for the development and use of wireless telecommunications facilities.

      • Serve as legal counsel to competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) in certification proceedings before the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority.

      • Successfully defended Verizon Wireless in numerous appeals of state and local siting approvals through the Connecticut Superior and Appellate Courts and the Connecticut Supreme Court.

      • Successfully appealed local zoning decisions denying Verizon Wireless facility development proposals in western Massachusetts.

    • News
      • May 15, 2015

        Environmental and Utility Lawyers Participate in ABA Cell Tower Webinar

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      • May 1, 2015

        Hartford Lawyers Present at ABA Section of State and Local Government Law Spring Meeting

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      • October 18, 2013

        Stamford Lawyer Appointed to Connecticut House Task Force

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      • September 16, 2013

        Peter Lacouture Edits ABA's Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation Law Annual Report for Ninth Year

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      • August 20, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Lawyer Featured Volunteer in The First Tee of Connecticut

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      • October 22, 2012

        Super Lawyers® Names 49 Robinson & Cole Attorneys to 2012 List and Recognizes 26 as Rising Stars

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      • September 17, 2012

        Peter Lacouture Serves as Editor-in-Chief of American Bar Association's Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation Law Annual Report for Seventh Year

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      • August 29, 2012

        Peter Lacouture to Serve as Secretary for American Bar Association Section

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      • July 23, 2012

        Robinson & Cole Attorney Joey Lee Miranda Joins Lawyers for Children America’s Board of Directors

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      • October 21, 2011

        Utilities Partner is Editor-in-Chief of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Industries Annual Report

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      • February 17, 2011

        Environmental Partner Elected Vice President of Connecticut Power & Energy Society Board

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      • November 4, 2010

        Environmental and Utilities Attorney Joins Committee of National Association

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      • October 29, 2010

        Environmental and Utilities Attorney Examines Wind Power at National Conference

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    • Publications + Presentations
    • "Energy Siting on Indian Lands," presented by Alexander W. Judd, Moderator, at the ABA's Section of State and Local Government Law Fall Meeting in Phoenix (11/18/2016)

      "T-Mobile South v. City of Roswell and Other Recent Developments in Cell Tower Siting," presented by Alexander W. Judd, webinar, served as a panelist (5/7/2015)

      "Recent Developments in Telecommunications Law," presented by Alexander W. Judd, at the Land Use Hot Topics Lunch at the ABA's Section of State and Local Government Law Spring Meeting in Philadelphia (4/24/2015)
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      "Mass Tort Claims Administration and Handling: Lessons from Deepwater Horizon," published in Environmental Litigation, co-authored by Alexander W. Judd and Peter R. Knight, a publication of the ABA (Winter 2015)
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      "EPA Proposal Raises Concerns About Electricity Supply," published in Connecticut Law Tribune, co-authored by Brian C. Freeman and Alexander W. Judd (November 2014)

      "What Once Was Old Is New Again: Recent Developments in Judicial Review of Land Use Regulation of Cellular Telecommunications Facilities," published in The Urban Lawyer, authored by Alexander W. Judd (Fall 2014)

      "Creating the 'Green' Line: A Survey of the Transit-Oriented Development Planning Process," published in Zoning and Planning Law Report, authored by Alexander W. Judd (June 2012)

      "Recent Developments in Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Industries, Renewable Energy," published in American Bar Association, authored by Alexander W. Judd (2012)

      "Personal Wireless Service Facilities — A Sample Ordinance," authored by Kenneth C. Baldwin (2009)
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      "Energy in Connecticut: Demand, Cost and the Environmental Challenges of Siting New Infrastructure," at Connecticut Environmental Forum, panelist, presented by Kenneth C. Baldwin (Spring 2006)

      "Understanding the Legal and Regulatory Dimensions: The laws and regulations that affect ownership, liability, remediation, and land use," at Connecticut Environmental Forum, panelist, presented by Kenneth C. Baldwin (Spring 2006)

      "The Telecommunications Act of 1996 — Developing Caselaw of Towering Proportions," published in Urban Lawyer, authored by Kenneth C. Baldwin
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      "Telecommunications Competition – The Evolution Revolution," at Connecticut Bar Association seminar

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