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Joshua Guyan

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

Josh Guyan is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.  His practice focuses on general communications matters.  Mr. Guyan’s experience includes wireline, wireless, Voice over IP (VoIP), satellite, international and experimental compliance advice and licensing, universal service, advocacy at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), comprehensive telecommunications due diligence reviews, analyzing technical and regulatory compliance for wireline and wireless carriers, and analyzing new voice and data services for compliance with FCC and State regulations.  Mr. Guyan has extensive experience with 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; advocacy before the FCC, states and Capitol Hill; and audits and enforcement matters.

Representative Experience

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

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.

Drafting 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.

Advising 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.

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

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

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.

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

Preparing and filing applications for 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.

Advising 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.

Providing 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.

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

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

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

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

Assisting an FCC licensee with spectrum lease and sublease applications.

Memberships & Associations

Federal Communications Bar Association

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April 29, 2016

Lifeline Modernization and Transition from Voice to Broadband

Kelley Drye Client Advisory


May 18, 2016

Broadband Lifeline

National Lifeline Association 2016 Spring Conference