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Joshua Guyan

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Washington, D.C.
Phone: (202) 342-8566
Fax: (202) 342-8451

Josh Guyan advises providers of wireline, wireless, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and satellite services on domestic and international experimental compliance and licensing, as well as Universal Service Fund (USF) requirements. Mr. Guyan advocates on behalf of clients at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), before state commissions and on Capitol Hill. He provides comprehensive telecommunications due diligence reviews, as well as advises on technical and regulatory compliance, including new voice and data services for compliance with FCC and state regulations.

Mr. Guyan also delivers extensive and hands-on experience in all aspects of the Universal Service Fund’s Lifeline program, including FCC and state requirements; gaining approval for FCC compliance plans; obtaining eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) designations from states and the FCC (including Lifeline Broadband Provider ETCs); advocacy before the FCC, states and on Capitol Hill; stock and asset transactions; and audits and enforcement matters.

Representative Experience

Representation of clients in all aspects of the Universal Service Low-Income Program, including legislative and rulemaking advocacy, preparing and advancing compliance plans, developing regulatory compliance strategies, and preparing and prosecuting applications for eligible telecommunications carrier status at the FCC and state commissions.

Providing regulatory advice and strategic counsel regarding stock acquisitions and asset purchase agreements for carriers, including Lifeline providers.

Preparing responses and strategies for Universal Service Administrative Company audits for Lifeline-eligible telecommunications carriers.

Preparing a monthly summary and analysis of spectrum policy for a defense and aerospace government contractor.

Assisting carriers to negotiate and draft consent decrees with the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau.

Assisted Mobile Virtual Network Operators with FCC and state regulatory licensing, compliance and strategies necessary to enter the U.S. market.

Drafted advocacy comments to the FCC in many proceedings, including rulemakings dealing with universal service, intercarrier compensation, access to public rights-of-way, broadband deployment, E911, local franchising and flight test spectrum.

Advised equipment manufacturers, telecommunications carriers, VoIP providers and providers of “Advanced Communications Services” (e.g., electronic messaging and interoperable video conferencing) regarding compliance with disabled access requirements, as well as the FCC’s recordkeeping requirements and annual certification and registration obligation.

Advised a major equipment manufacturer on compliance with closed captioning requirements.

Drafted a brief in support of and motion to intervene in an appeal of a state public utility commission rule change regarding the implementation of the Universal Service Low-Income Program.

Analyzed the U.S. numbering requirements for a VoIP-based mobile broadband international calling application.

Prepared and filed applications for the transfer of control of wireless licenses and Section 214 authorizations, as well as successfully clearing the applications through national security review by “Team Telecom” within the Executive Branch when necessary.

Advised one of Japan’s largest telecommunications carriers on the FCC licensing implications of acquiring a major Pacific submarine cable operator, conducting a comprehensive due diligence analysis of the acquired cable landing licensee, and advising regarding Section 214 licensing for various service offerings.

Provided a major Asian telecommunications carrier with a comprehensive FCC regulatory due diligence analysis for the acquisition of a U.S. carrier and assisting the U.S. carrier with a local access number dispute.

Assisted one of the world’s largest carriers with a 50-state licensing strategy and preparing and prosecuting license applications.

Assisted aeronautical, maritime and land mobile satellite service providers with experimental and commercial licensing at the FCC.

Drafted a comprehensive telecommunications and cable code for a U.S. state government.

Assisted an FCC licensee with spectrum lease and sublease applications.

Memberships & Associations

Federal Communications Bar Association

National Lifeline Association (NaLA)

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Lifeline Modernization and Transition from Voice to Broadband

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