Steve Berman has represented and advised clients on matters before the Federal Communications Commission for over twenty years. His practice focuses on regulatory, licensing, and spectrum policy issues faced by satellite and wireless providers.
Steve has advocated on behalf of his clients in an array of complex proceedings at the FCC, ranging from a multi-year rulemaking establishing greater terrestrial-use flexibility for a satellite service operator to the reconfiguration of the 800 MHz band to enhance public safety radio operations. Steve has broad experience on issues concerning harmful interference to satellite and wireless services, working closely with engineers to develop technical showings critical to his clients. He has advised on wireless mergers involving nationwide carriers and other operators, with particular attention to spectrum aggregation issues.
Steve has worked extensively on matters related to licensee compliance with the FCC’s technical rules, construction and renewal requirements, equipment certification framework, and universal service and other common carrier obligations. On the satellite side, his regulatory focus has included the emergence of innovative direct-to-device offerings, and the gateway earth station and other network upgrades necessary for these new services.
Steve has represented wireless companies participating in spectrum auctions and pursuing license assignments, partitions, and spectrum lease arrangements, and has counseled his clients on the FCC’s license control policies and other regulatory issues raised by providers’ financial transactions. He has also successfully represented a wireless equipment manufacturer in an enforcement matter, and a consortium of electric cooperatives that obtained significant federal funding for broadband deployment in a competitive bidding process.
Steve had an early interest in communications law, combining a masters in communications with his law degree. His master’s thesis explored key changes in the telecommunications policy environment that resulted in Congress’s 1993 legislation authorizing spectrum auctions for the first time – a change that helped jumpstart the new era in wireless communications.