Robb Stup focuses his practice on regulatory and transaction matters in communications. He has an in-depth understanding of state and federal regulations with impact on international, domestic and wireless telecommunications providers, including wireless providers, domestic microwave and fiber optic network owners and operators, and submarine cable owners and operators. 

    Robb assists service providers with entering new markets and obtaining the necessary international, federal and state operating authority. He provides regulatory compliance advice for ongoing operations and works closely with carrier clients to develop regulatory compliance programs, make required regulatory filings, address regulatory issues that arise on a daily basis and resolve customer and wholesale disputes.

    Robb has extensive experience advising clients on federal, state and local taxes and regulatory fees, including the federal universal service program. He advises clients with respect to both their obligation to pay surcharges into the program as well as their rights to receiving support funding from the program. Robb has worked with numerous domestic and international providers to review the application of universal service to their services to ensure compliance, including reviewing strategies to minimize the assessment of surcharges.

    He has broad experience negotiating, drafting and reviewing communications-related contracts, including purchase agreements, customer agreements, carrier agreements, right-of-way and access agreements and operating agreements. 

    Robb helps businesses negotiate and close mergers and acquisitions in the telecommunications industry and regularly counsels clients on business strategies and regulatory compliance, developments and policy. Robb has represented numerous clients by assisting them with due diligence review of licenses and regulatory approvals held by the target company, as well as review of the agreements necessary for the ongoing provision of services. He has navigated transfer of control and assignment processes before the FCC as well as virtually all state regulatory agencies.

    Robb is a leading member of the firm’s 800 MHz Transition Administration (TA) team, which has administered the reconfiguration of more than 2,000 wireless networks to improve public safety communications and to minimize increasing levels of interference caused by having both commercial wireless cellular systems and critical public safety communications systems operating in the same band. He served as the project manager for the legal team with primary responsibility for coordinating the work with the two other primary subcontractors to the TA, resource management, budgeting and forecasting of the legal team, and project tracking and reporting to the FCC. He has also played an active role in the leadership of the TA, including the development of TA policies and procedures.

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    • Acting as a primary project manager for the legal team of the 800 MHz Transition Administrator, LLC since 2005, with primary responsibility for project management of the legal team including preparing, monitoring and revising resource forecasts to ensure that the legal team has the necessary personnel schedule to complete its assigned tasks and preparing, monitoring and revising the project plan for the legal team to complete the project; also acting as the liaison and primary legal contact with the other teams on the project, with substantive responsibly for contract review, reconfiguration schedule management and finance issues.
    • Serving as primary outside regulatory counsel to an undersea cable service provider. Responsibilities include obtaining the necessary FCC license, negotiating with Team Telecom, reviewing all customer and supplier agreements, advising on corporate restructurings, advising on universal service issues and ensuring ongoing federal regulatory compliance.
    • Representing an international service provider entering the US market, including advising on the agreement to purchase a domestic provider, regulatory due diligence, foreign ownership issues and ongoing regulatory compliance.
    • Representing a broadband service provider on federal universal service issues including reviewing the potential liability associated with an acquired subsidiary, reviewing service offerings to determine the application of universal service surcharges and structuring service offerings to minimize the assessment of surcharges.
    • Serving as the primary state and federal regulatory counsel to one of the three largest Wireless Local Loop (WLL) carriers in the US. Responsibilities include coordinating state and federal ongoing regulatory compliance, as well as obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals for mergers and acquisitions.
    • Serving as primary outside counsel to a fiber optic network service provider; responsibilities include negotiating all customer and vendor agreements, negotiating nationwide indefeasible right of use (IRU) agreements, and ensuring state and federal regulatory compliance.
    • Serving as primary state and federal regulatory counsel to a Competitive Local Exchange (CLEC) carrier in its rollup of other CLECs including obtaining all necessary FCC and State Public Utility Commission approvals for the mergers and acquisitions and advising the company on corporate and acquisition structures. 

    Education

    • Cornell University, J.D., 1995
    • University of Maryland, B.S., magna cum laude, 1989

    Admissions

    • District of Columbia, 1997

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