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Communications & Mobile Commerce


Miller Nash Graham & Dunn advises clients involved in online commerce and Internet communications infrastructure, as well as wireless and wireline telecommunications.

We work frequently with carriers and cable networks on business and transaction issues, including online commerce, network, and distribution agreements; online promotions; intellectual property matters related to communications networks and Internet applications; domestic and international Internet networking; and data center agreements. We also have experience in handling multimillion-dollar spectrum sales/assignments and sales of radio stations.

Our clients rely on us to assist them with federal, state, and international communications regulations, including those regarding Internet services, data privacy, and security issues. We regularly advise on issues before the FTC and FCC, prepare and file a wide range of petitions and applications with the FCC and state utility commissions, and assist carriers to obtain certification to provide telecommunications services in numerous states and qualification to receive low-income and high-cost universal service subsidies.

Our attorneys have extensive experience in the areas of advocacy and administrative litigation. We represent clients before the FCC and state utility commissions, as well as actively lobbying the commissions on issues affecting our clients' ability to conduct business.

Mobile Communications

The mobile communications industry is growing at a rapid pace, and the Northwest is one of the global centers for businesses working in the mobile sector. The industry is undergoing a major shift from traditional mobile voice to high-speed broadband data. This shift is producing a wave of new companies creating applications and devices to take advantage of much higher data rates than were previously available.

Mobile carriers and many companies designing software for mobile devices are headquartered here in the Northwest. Some of the most exciting consumer electronics for mobile devices are being created here. Along with familiar companies working in the mobile industry, many smaller Northwest companies provide important services to businesses that consumers may never hear about, such as tracking consumer behavior on mobile devices and creating mobile strategies for Fortune 500 companies. In addition, companies that are not thought of as traditional communications companies are finding themselves in the communications space with mobile components to their services.

Our attorneys have experience working with companies operating in the mobile industry on intellectual property matters such as copyright/trademark, patent, and licensing; cobranding and strategic alliance agreements; and data protection, privacy, and security. In addition, we advise companies in the areas of regulatory, corporate formation, employment, and litigation.

Representative Experience

Brought 120-day mandamus action against the City of Beaverton for a cell tower siting application. Obtained mandamus and approval for cell tower.
Represented radio stations on a wide range of FCC matters, including license assignment, construction permits, local marketing agreements, ownership reports, control issues, license renewal and numerous other matters associated with the operation of radio stations.
Represented clients in multi-million dollar business sales and acquisitions involving companies in the wireless, irrigation, radio, and television industries.
Assisted large cellular companies and tower provider companies with both urban and rural cell tower siting.
Represented Chapter 11 trustee in bankruptcy of mobile network company. Preserved FCC licenses and worked with investment banker to sell licenses through series of Section 363 sales. Issues included Chapter 11 administration and sale of assets of insolvent broadband wireless company.