Joseph Markoski is a senior member of the firm’s global Communications Practice Group. Prior to his return to Washington DC in 2014, he was resident in the firm’s London and Brussels offices, where he led the firm’s European and Middle East practices. Joe has focused on telecommunications law and policy since 1976. He has been recognized by Euromoney, Who’s Who in American Law, The International Who’s Who of Telecommunications Lawyers, The International Who’s Who of Regulatory Communications Lawyers, The Legal 500 UK, Guide to the World’s Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America and Practical Law Company’s Which Lawyer? Yearbook.
Joe’s practice is global and includes both private and public sector clients. He represents private sector clients before the FCC and national regulatory authorities outside the US in matters involving: the allocation, assignment and use of radio spectrum; licensing; tariffing; interconnection; universal service; satellites; competition law and policy; and the regulation of wireline and wireless communications and other innovative service offerings. He has guided clients with respect to the introduction and deployment of broadband services, including internet, IP, VOIP and IoT services, high-definition television and digital audio broadcasting, as well as the design, manufacture and sale of consumer electronics and telecommunications equipment.
Joe, in his capacity as Chief Mediator, oversees the FCC’s innovative Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, in which more than 1,900 licensees have successfully participated since its establishment in connection with the FCC’s reconfiguration of the 800 MHz band, the largest reallocation of spectrum in US history.
Joe’s private sector practice also includes the representation of global and national telecommunications operators and internet service providers seeking to expand their international operations negotiate interconnection agreements and establish satellite and terrestrial fixed and mobile telecommunications networks. Joe has similarly assisted multinational enterprises, including manufacturers and financial service providers, establish global private communications systems. He has also assisted clients with respect to the regulatory aspects of mergers and acquisitions and the public and private debt and equity offerings of telecommunications companies around the world.
Joe’s public sector practice includes the representation of governments and regulatory authorities with the restructuring of their communications regulatory regimes and the privatization of state-owned telecommunications enterprises in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Caribbean and Latin America. He has also served as counsel to multinational organizations such as the Organization of American States and the European Union in connection with electronic commerce, converging technologies, interconnection and multimedia and information services. Joe was selected by the US Department of State as a founding member of the Strategic Planning Group of the National Committee of the US International Telegraph and Telephone Consultative Committee.
Joe is a member of the American, District of Columbia and Federal Communications Bar Associations.