John Heitmann, chair of the Communications practice, counsels wireless, wireline and cable broadband and telephony service providers, and other entities, large and small, international and domestic, on policy, compliance and strategic initiatives involving the communications regulatory landscape on both the federal and state levels. With more than 20 years of experience, John advises clients on regulatory policy and compliance with the Communications Act, the Federal Trade Commission Act, and the numerous other federal and state laws governing telecommunications, privacy and information security.
John defends communications companies in enforcement matters before the Federal Communications Commission and other federal and state regulatory agencies, and in investigations by the Office of Inspector General and State Attorneys General. He also represents clients in various dispute resolution proceedings, including before the FCC, state public utility commissions and in arbitration, as well as in appeals before federal and state courts.
The federal Universal Service Fund, (USF) and the Lifeline program in particular, is another key focus area for John. He advises eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) on all facets of the federal Lifeline program, including policy, ETC/Lifeline Broadband Provider designation, compliance, audits, enforcement and investigations. John also advises clients on issues related to the Connect America Fund and Schools and Libraries/E-Rate program.
A Certified Information Privacy Professional through the International Association of Privacy Professionals, John advises telecommunications sector clients on privacy and security issues, while working with them to develop comprehensive privacy programs, privacy statements and other privacy-related policies and processes. He counsels on compliance, product development and mobile marketing against the backdrop of myriad federal and state laws and regulations, including the FCC’s privacy rules, FTC actions, case law and guidance, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the CAN-SPAM Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and evolving state data protection and data breach laws and regulations.
John also represents international service providers in entry regulation and compliance matters involving the FCC, Team Telecom, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States and state regulatory agencies. His experience includes work with National Security Agreements, Letters of Assurance and the defense of related site visits.
John pairs his depth of knowledge in the highly regulated communications industry with excellent transactional experience, helping clients pursuing corporate transactions―mergers and acquisitions, financings, asset transfers, and the sale and procurement of telecommunications, broadband capacity, interconnection, collocation and fiber facilities―comply with regulatory requirements, minimize regulatory approvals and obligations, and address a comprehensive range of impediments to the clients’ goals and needs.