01.22.15Russ Hanser participated in a Phoenix Center teleforum titled "Federalism, Preemption and Municipal Broadband" on January 22, 2015. +
Whereas the communications networks of the past relied on low-capacity analog transmissions, today’s communications networks are predominantly digital, relying on high-capacity broadband connections and carrying information of all types in Internet Protocol (IP) format. These developments have created a wealth of new services and contributed immeasurably to consumer welfare. They also have given rise to increasingly complex regulatory challenges, as providers, consumers, and regulators attempt to apply 20th-century statutes to 21st-century technology.
Wilkinson Barker Knauer has been at the forefront of the transition from yesterday’s networks to today’s. Clients ranging from tiny start-ups to Fortune 50 firms have relied on the firm to evaluate how their services should be treated under governing law and to advocate their positions on these matters before regulators, courts, and legislatures at the federal and state levels. Whether clients are advancing their positions regarding the proper classification of new service offerings, addressing the propriety of government regulation relating to internet openness (aka network neutrality), or seeking to ensure that their investments in new network infrastructure will be rewarded rather than punished, clients have turned to WBK for its unparalleled expertise on these matters – expertise accumulated over many years in government and private practice – and have prevailed.