Peter Bean is a member of the firm’s Communications Practice Group. Peter counsels domestic and international clients in the technology and communications sectors on a range of complex legal, regulatory, and legislative issues, many of which are at the forefront of telecommunications law and policy. His practice encompasses licensing, regulatory compliance, transactional, and public policy matters before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Peter also maintains an active practice counseling foreign telecommunications regulators and regulatory authorities.
Peter advises a diverse client base that includes undersea cable operators, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers, content and application providers (edge providers), state agencies and governments, real estate investment trusts, microwave networking solutions providers, and foreign regulators. He counsels clients in matters concerning licensing, spectrum leasing, Universal Service Fund (USF) compliance, equipment authorization, the regulation of the Internet and VoIP services, contracts related to Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs), mergers and acquisitions in the telecommunications industry, and the development of comprehensive regulatory compliance plans. Peter advises foreign and domestic service providers on entering new markets by ensuring that they have the proper federal and state operating authorities. Peter helps to facilitate mergers and acquisitions by conducting due diligence reviews of the licenses and regulatory approvals held by the target company, assessing transactional risks, and assisting with transfers of control and assignments and foreign ownership issues before the FCC that are implicated by such transactions. Peter also has experience advising various providers on the application of USF surcharges to their services and developing strategies to help minimize those charges. Finally, Peter serves as part of the Firm’s team that acts as part of and counsel to the 800 MHz Transition Administrator (TA) in connection with the movement of Sprint/Nextel to new spectrum bands.
Peter also has experience advising foreign telecommunications regulators. Working closely with key individuals inside foreign regulatory authorities, Peter has developed spectrum allocation policies, which has included designing, implementing, and managing processes for awarding highly valuable spectrum through participation in beauty contests. Peter has also assisted a foreign telecommunications regulator in navigating a public consultation and promulgating a regulation related to the resolution of disputes between consumers and licensed telecommunications operators.
In law school, Peter focused on bankruptcy and corporate governance issues. Peter served as a Note and Comment Editor for the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & The Law. He was also a McCleary Law Fellow at the Human Rights Campaign. There he analyzed the state and federal tax implications of the US Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor with particular emphasis on the conflict between the rules of the Internal Revenue Service and the Social Security Administration concerning the receipt and taxation of social security benefits for same-sex couples. He also designed advocacy strategies directed at federal agencies to facilitate effective implementation of the Windsor decision.
Prior to attending law school, Peter was a litigation paralegal at two prestigious Washington DC-based, international law firms where he managed highly complex, document intensive, multi-phased litigation matters in state and federal court.