Peter Bean is a member of the firm’s Communications Practice Group. Peter represents domestic and foreign private and public sector clients in the technology and communications industries on a range of complex legal, regulatory and legislative issues, many of which are at the forefront of telecommunications law and policy. Peter’s dynamic practice is global in scope and deep in experience, touching on many different facets of the industry. In the US, his practice centers on matters before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and state public utility commissions involving mergers and acquisitions, licensing, regulatory compliance, enforcement, and policy initiatives.

    Peter advises a diverse group of clients that includes high-profile technology companies and content (edge) providers, wireless and wireline telecommunications providers, Telecommunications Relay Service providers, media companies, submarine cable system owners and operators, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers, wireless and wireline broadband internet access service providers, mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), cable franchise authorities, cable television operators, real estate investment trusts and developers, financial institutions, private equity firms, foreign governments and foreign regulatory authorities.

    In the US, Peter counsels, represents, and advocates for clients across a broad array of matters, including:

    • Mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions
    • Licensing and regulatory compliance, including with respect to the wireless radio services, international section 214 authorizations, and submarine cables
    • Strategic business planning and partnerships
    • The regulation of the internet and VoIP services
    • Enforcement issues
    • Spectrum leasing
    • Negotiations with the Executive Branch agencies constituting Team Telecom
    • Small cell deployment
    • Interconnection issues
    • Foreign ownership issues
    • Spectrum allocation and use
    • Number portability
    • Intercarrier compensation
    • The Telephone Consumer Protection Act
    • The application of Universal Service Fund (USF) surcharges and strategies to minimize the same
    • Obtaining support from USF support mechanisms
    • Contracts related to MVNOs
    • Market entry issues

    Peter’s transactional background covers the representation of buyers and sellers from the early stages of due diligence through closing. Peter conducts detailed reviews of prospective targets, provides counsel on transactional risks, prepares due diligence reports, and negotiates and drafts transaction documents touching on regulatory issues. Peter also works to obtain the consent of the FCC and the relevant state public utility commissions to such transactions by drafting and filing the required applications and liaising with agency staff. Peter has successfully obtained the consent of the FCC and state public utility commissions for numerous transfers of control, assignments, and other transactions of varying complexity and dollar values. Peter also regularly handles closing and post-closing tasks.   

    Peter also provides counsel to foreign and domestic service providers and investors seeking to enter new markets by obtaining the relevant federal and state operating authorities, where required, and advising on the prevailing investment climate. Finally, Peter serves as part of the firm’s team that is general counsel to the 800 MHz Transition Administrator in connection with the movement of Sprint/Nextel to new spectrum bands.

    Internationally, Peter has expertise advising foreign governments, regulatory authorities, and providers on regulatory matters and disputes in their home jurisdictions. Peter has provided legal, regulatory, and policy advice on matters such as spectrum allocation and management, Significant Market Power and market reviews, and enforcement issues. He has also drafted legislation, regulatory frameworks, licenses, and pleadings submitted to foreign regulators.

    Peter is listed as a “Recommended” in the 2018 edition of The Legal 500 United States for Media, Technology and Telecoms: Telecoms and broadcast: Regulatory.

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    • Representing telecommunications providers in obtaining federal and state regulatory approvals for mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions.
    • Acting as US regulatory counsel for submarine cable licensees.
    • Providing legal and regulatory advice to a foreign telecommunications regulatory authority on all stages of a spectrum award process (beauty contest) that resulted in the successful assignment of three blocks of highly valuable spectrum in the 700 MHz and 850 MHz bands. Tasks included drafting consultation and tender documentation, facilitating the comparative assessment and license award processes and conducting post-award compliance monitoring and enforcement.
    • Counseling a major technology company on complex legal and technical issues concerning the licensing, regulation, and blocking of VoIP services in the Middle East and North Africa, providing substantive legal analysis and advice on a country-by-country basis.
    • Providing ongoing advice to industry stakeholders on the regulation of the internet and VoIP.
    • Advising real estate developers on legal, regulatory, and business issues relating to obtaining and providing telecommunications and other services in single and mixed-use developments, including strategic planning to maximize revenue streams from the same.
    • Providing advice on USF compliance issues to service providers and contributors.
    • Drafting a regulation governing the resolution of disputes between subscribers and licensed operators for a telecommunications regulator in the Middle East.
    • Advising a telecommunications and cable television operator in the Caribbean region on enforcement issues with the country’s regulatory authority.

    Education

    • American University, J.D., cum laude, 2014
    • The George Washington University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2008

    Admissions

    • District of Columbia, 2016

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Member, State Bar of California (inactive)
    • Member, District of Columbia Bar
    • Member, Federal Communications Bar Association

    Languages

    • English
    • French
    • Recommended, Media, Technology and Telecoms: Telecoms and broadcast: Regulatory, The Legal 500 United States 2018
    • ABI Medal of Excellence in Bankruptcy, The American Bankruptcy Institute, 2013 (Corporate Bankruptcy)

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    • Author, “Have We Reached Grutter’s ‘Logical End Point?’ The Fight Over State Law Bans on Preferential Treatment Programs and the Future of Affirmative Action in the United States,” 22 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Pol’y & L. 485, 2014.

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