International and Space Communications

The satellite industry is evolving at an unprecedented pace and the regulatory playing field is changing rapidly to reflect that evolution, including at the FCC, the State Department, or the Department of Commerce (NTIA and Office of Space Commerce). 

WBK stays abreast of these changes for our U.S.- and foreign-owned clients.  We work with established satellite providers and earth station operators who have been in the industry for decades and help innovative start-ups seeking their first FCC authorizations.  Our practice covers everything from spectrum availability and spectrum allocations to licensing, foreign ownership, cross-border coordination, and other regulatory issues.   

We support the day-to-day operations of satellite system and earth station operator clients and provide counsel to companies seeking to gain access to the U.S. market.  Our expertise extends beyond the regulatory realm, and we support clients in commercial and transactional matters affecting their interests, including mergers, acquisitions, financings, and other contractual matters.