Besozzi, Paul C.

Paul C. Besozzi

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Paul Besozzi concentrates in the wireless, broadband and emerging technology areas. His extensive experience of more than 30 years in the telecommunications field includes regulatory, transactional, legislative and litigation matters for clients ranging from wireless service and infrastructure providers to resellers of long-distance service, including cellular, personal communications services, specialized mobile radio, point-to-point microwave, advanced wireless services and other emerging wireless technologies.

Paul represents clients before the federal and state regulatory and policy-making agencies and organizations, including the Federal Communications Commission, National Telecommunications and Information Administration,, Congress and state public service commissions, in matters relating to rulemaking, ratemaking, licensing, adjudication, enforcement, compliance and grant opportunities, such as those available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

He also specializes in advising applicants and appellants dealing with the Universal Administrative Company, particularly on E-Rate Program matters, issues relating to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and Junk Fax Act, and data privacy and security requirements as applied to telecommunications carriers and broadband internet service providers.

His extensive transactional experience includes asset and stock transactions and a broad variety of commercial and business agreements for the entities he advises, including spectrum leases, interconnection arrangements and wireless-infrastructure-related agreements.

Paul was a partner in his own telecommunications law firm for a decade, after serving as general counsel and minority counsel to the US Senate Committee on Armed Services. Mr. Besozzi served as a member and editor of the Georgetown Law Journal during law school and was elected Phi Beta Kappa while attending Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

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  • Represented wireless licensees in various asset and other transactions totaling more than US$500 million.
  • Represented trade association in various state and federal proceedings setting network access rates.
  • Represented various appellants challenging USF funding decisions.
  • Represented telecom provider in connection with multijurisdictional regulatory approvals in four major ownership transactions.

Education

  • George Washington University, M.B.A., 1977
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1972
  • Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, B.S.F.S., cum laude, 1969

Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1973
  • Virginia (inactive)

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Memberships and Affiliations

  • President, Georgetown University Alumni Association (2008-2010)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Georgetown University (2008-2010)
  • Member, Board of Visitors, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (2001-2012)
  • Member, Board of Governors, Geogetown University Alumni Association (1993-2015)
  • Member, Board of Governors, Hoyas Unlimited (2012- )
  • Member, Executive Board, HoyaGateway (2015- )
  • Director, Procurement Round Table (1991- )
  • Member, Federal Communications Bar Association (1984- )
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Wall Street Journal, “Top Rated Lawyers” (December 2015)
  • Recommended for Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory in Legal 500 2015
  • Profiled in “Legal Leaders: Washington DC and Baltimore’s Top Rated Lawyers,” ALM (2013)
  • Recognized as a “Washington Super Lawyer”, Telecommunications, Super Lawyer Magazine (2012-2014, 2017)
  • Recognized as Arcritas Star Lawyer (2017)
  • Who’s Who In American Law
  • Who’s Who Among Practicing Attorneys
  • John Carroll Award for service to Georgetown University (April 2005)
  • William Gaston Award for service to Georgetown University (January 1996)

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During his career, Paul periodically has authored various articles and reports in trade publications covering the wireless and other components of the telecommunications industry, as well as appearing on panels and at conferences. A sample of such efforts includes:

  • Moderator, “Small Cells – Surmounting the Obstacles to Deployment” Above Ground Level (AGL) Regional Conference, April 6, 2017.
  • Speaker, “Digital Media – Net Neutrality: A 2015 Update and Beyond,” ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries Annual Meeting, October 10, 2015,
  • Co-author, “FCC Becomes Latest Agency to Increase Consumer Privacy and Data Security Enforcement,” Privacy & Cybersecurity Law Report, August/September 2015.
  • Speaker, “Spectrum, Technology and Tower Trends” Above Ground Level (AGL) Regional Conference, June 15, 2015.
  • Guest, “Municipal Broadband Developments,” Capital Thinking Radio Show, March 19, 2015.
  • Guest, “Developments on E-Rate Reforms and the Federal Communications Commission’s Report and Order,” Capital Thinking Radio Show, July 24, 2014.
  • Guest, “Net Neutrality,” Capital Thinking Radio Show, May 29, 2014.
  • Co-author, “For the FCC, a Tricky Balancing Act in Clarifying TCPA Requirements,” Bloomberg BNA, April 25, 2014.
  • Speaker, “The FCC’s Tough New Telemarketing Rules: What Every Business Needs To Know,” Bloomberg BNA Webinar, November 13, 2013.
  • Moderator, “Site Acquisition: Where Will All the Wireless Go?” Above Ground Level (AGL) Regional Conference, November 5, 2013.
  • Co-author, “Companies May Be Held Liable for the Actions of Their Telemarketer,” Bloomberg BNA Antitrust and Trade Regulation Report, July 5, 2013.
  • Guest, “CFIUS,” Capital Thinking Radio Show, November 29, 2012.
  • Speaker, “Changing Face of Tower Regulation,” Above Ground Level Midwest Regional Conference, Chicago, IL, September 15, 2011.
  • Speaker, Tower Technology Summit 2011, Orlando, FL, March 21-24, 2011.
  • Contributor, “Smart Grid Focus,” Patton Boggs TechComm Update, November 25, 2009.
  • Presenter, The 2008 Wireless Infrastructure Show, Orlando, FL, October 2008.