Broadband & Telecom

Broadband connectivity. A staple utility in some markets, this network service offers an advantage for communities that are seeking economic growth and development. Fifth Generation (5G) mobile connectivity will set the next wireless telecommunications standard and support the proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart City initiatives, each of which will create unprecedented new uses for internet-enabled devices and heighten demand for high-speed connectivity. Integrating and leveraging fiber optic and wireless networks through public-private partnerships will be essential for cities to obtain the full benefits of the upcoming 5G revolution and the integration of IoT into municipal functions, and can better position cities and villages to vie for businesses and organizations that are actively searching for ease in access to robust broadband.
 
Ice Miller’s broadband and telecommunications team offers insight and comprehensive solutions to broadband challenges facing local, state, federal, non-profit and private-sector clients. We work to strategically incorporate fiber and wireless solutions into communities and provide decisive guidance when a client aims to take advantage of its integrated network and wireless capabilities in order to better leverage the investment.
 
The group’s strength is its niche experience developing and executing strategies to assist clients in becoming leaders in the networked-world. Ice Miller provides policy analysis, auditing, stakeholder relations, technical planning and strategies critical to helping clients develop solutions and the resources necessary to implement cutting-edge broadband efforts. We continually build upon our unique relationships, providing such planning and advocacy services as:
  • Assistance to municipalities that seek to implement Smart City initiatives such as intelligent transportation systems, traffic control, utility monitoring, and more 
  • Development of broadband strategic plans for communities and states
  • RFP guidance and development for public sector technology efforts
  • Advising on state and local broadband policy priorities and initiatives
  • Drafting comprehensive Right-of-Way and Wireless Communications ordinances
  • Telecommunications contracting and service negotiations and agreements
  • Drafting of fiber optic agreements between public and private stakeholders

Representative Experience

Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet). Ice Miller represented OARnet in the development and implementation of its fiber optic network, the second largest state-owned fiber network in the country. 
 
Ohio Board of Development. Ice Miller represented the Ohio Board of Development in the drafting of the Ohio Broadband Policy. 
  
City of Columbus, Ohio. Ice Miller represented the City of Columbus, Ohio in drafting the formal telecommunications policy for the city. Columbus was named Intelligent Community of the year in 2016 by the Intelligent Community Forum and won a $40M Smart City grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation.
 
City of Dublin, Ohio. Ice Miller represented the City of Dublin, Ohio in the development of the "Dublink" municipally owned fiber/conduit and Wi-Fi system. The Firm subsequently represented the city in drafting agreements and negotiating transactions associated with the maintenance and sale of fibers for Dublink.
 
Ohio Department of Transportation. Ice Miller represents ODOT in the development of its 33 Smart Corridor, which is slated to be the longest automotive/connected vehicle testing corridor in the world.
 
Municipalities. Ice Miller represents municipalities with their Requests for Information (RFIs) and negotiates the creation and construction of fiber optic systems for cities and towns, including the cities of: New Albany, Gahanna and Dublin, Ohio. Ice Miller  also represented nearly 50 cities in litigation of Ohio Senate Bill 331, which prevented cities from restricting small cell infrastructure placement in local rights-of-way, and was found to be unconstitutionally enacted by the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.
 

Professionals

Name Position Phone Email
Matthew Diaz Associate 614-462-2234
Gregory J. Dunn Partner 614-462-2339
Christopher L. Miller Partner 614-462-5033
Lindsay Miller Associate 614-462-1136
Deborah D. Pryce Principal, Ice Miller Whiteboard LLC 614-462-1049
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