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Broadband and Telecommunications

Broadband connectivity: a necessity in today’s networked world and a competitive advantage for governments of all levels as they seek long-term economic growth and development.

Ice Miller’s broadband and telecommunications team offers holistic broadband advisory services to diverse clients spanning government, non-profit and private sectors.
The group’s strength is its decades of collective experience providing tailored insight and counsel, developing actionable strategies and executing comprehensive, cutting-edge solutions to unique broadband and telecommunications challenges.
Ice Miller provides its clients representation in traditional telecommunications matters, including local, state and federal regulatory issues, and has developed a significant practice providing sophisticated legal and policy analysis on broadband access initiatives, as well as broadband adoption, digital equity and digital inclusion efforts. We continually build upon our deep relationships with diverse stakeholders, providing such counsel and advocacy services as:
  • Counseling and representation regarding state and local regulatory compliance issues;
  • Representing public and private clients in the development and deployment of all types of wired and wireless telecommunications and broadband infrastructure;  
  • Developing broadband strategic plans for communities, regions, and states as they prepare for unprecedented increases in demand for high-speed, reliable, affordable connectivity;
  • Offering guidance and RFI/ RFP/RFQ development for public sector technology efforts;
  • Drafting comprehensive Right-of-Way and Wireless Communications ordinances for communities as they prepare for the upcoming Fifth Generation (5G) revolution and the heightened amount of infrastructure that this new mobile wireless connectivity will require;
  • Advising and advocating on behalf of clients on local, state, and federal broadband policy;
  • Counseling on Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licensing and compliance;
  • Conducting state and federal regulatory due diligence for communications transactions;
  • Assisting with Smart City implementations and the integration of Internet of Things (IoT) into municipal functions, such as intelligent transportation systems and utility monitoring;
  • Creating public-private partnerships (P3s) for innovative broadband expansion initiatives;
  • Strategically integrating fiber and wireless network solutions into economic development initiatives in order to better position communities to attract and retain talent;
  • Providing telecommunications service negotiations and contracting assistance; and
  • Drafting fiber lease and use agreements to leverage integrated network investments.

Firm Publications


Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

  • "The Need for Connectivity, Steps for Access and Best Practices for Local Broadband Expansion," Ohio Municipal League, March 18, 2020
  • "Strategies for Successful Funding through USDA's ReConnect Program," Council of Development Finance Agencies, February 12, 2020
  • "Small Cell Towers Under ORC 4939 and The FCC Order," Ohio Municipal League, January 15, 2020
  • "The State of Broadband Access and Adoption," Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) webinar, December 4, 2019
  • "Case Studies and Best Practices for Broadband Expansion," Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), December 3, 2019
  • "Small Cell Wireless: How Did We Get Here and What Does It Mean for Ohio Communities?" 2019 Ohio Municipal League Annual Conference, October 25, 2019
  • "The Need for Connectivity, Steps for Access and Best Practices for Local Broadband Expansion," Indiana Economic Development Association (IEDA), July 10, 2019
  • "ReConnecting Rural Broadband - Strategies for Funding Success," Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) webinar, May 10, 2019
  • "The Need for Connectivity, Steps for Access and Best Practices for Local Broadband Expansion," Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) webinar, April 17, 2019
  • "Alternative Business Models and Financing for Intelligent Network Infrastructure," Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition 8th Annual Conference, October 11, 2018
  • "Small Cell Towers as it relates to House Bill 478," Ohio Municipal Attorney Association, 2018 Municipal Law Institute Civil Session, July 26, 2018
  • "Small Cell Towers as it relates to Senate Bill 331 and House Bill 478," Ohio Municipal Attorney Association and The Ohio Municipal Law Institute webinar, June 21, 2018
  • "Creating Intelligent Communities: Local Government Strategies in Action," Net Inclusion Conference, April 17, 2018
  • "Alternative Business Models and Financing for Smart Cities," Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo, March 29, 2018
  • "A Rural Broadband Strategy to Connect Rural America," Ohio's Electric Cooperatives Winter Conference 2018, February 13, 2018
  • "Digital Equity," Columbus Kiwanis Club in Columbus, OH, January 8, 2018
  • "The Past, Present, and Future Technology Issues Facing Ohio," Public Safety Broadband Conference in Columbus, OH, November 2, 2017
  • "SB331/ORC 4939: How Did We Get Here and What Does It Mean for Ohio Communities?" 2017 APA Ohio Planning Conference in Athens, OH, September 29, 2017
  • “5G: What it is, how it will affect the environment for digital inclusion and how might 5G create opportunities for local government,” NDIA Net Inclusion 2017 Conference, May 16-17, 2017


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