Steve Augustino is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He focuses his practice on telecommunications and enforcement matters.
Mr. Augustino represents telecommunications service providers in compliance, litigation and enforcement matters. Mr. Augustino defends clients in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) enforcement actions, including Universal Service Fund (USF) compliance investigations and Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) reporting audits. Previous enforcement matters include customer proprietary network information (CPNI), third party billing (“cramming”), 911 call handling obligations, network outage reporting, prepaid card marketing, fax marketing, and other carrier practices.
With over 15 years of experience representing innovative content and service providers, Mr. Augustino added a gaming concentration to his practice in 2006, specifically geared towards addressing mobile and broadband access issues affecting video game developers and publishers. His experience in the gaming industry helps online and mobile gaming companies meet the business and legal challenges brought on by the intersection of gaming and communications policy in the United States.
Represented a national wireless carrier in a multi-agency enforcement investigation involving its third party billing practices.
Represented a national telecommunications provider in connection with a multi-site 911 outage investigation.
Represented the largest conferencing provider in a USF appeal concerning classification of its services.
Represented a large telecommunications provider in USAC audit of Form 499-A filings. USAC audit took 25 months and examined over $1 billion in revenues. The FCC remanded a portion of the appeal, resulting in substantial savings to the company.
Defended a prepaid calling card provider in investigation of prepaid card marketing disclosures. The FCC closed the investigation without taking action.
Led a coalition of carriers pursuing high-capacity and broadband network elements during the FCC’s Triennial Review of unbundled network element obligations. The coalition was successful in obtaining rules that preserve access to these elements where competitive alternatives are not present.
Led an industry trade association in enforcing a statutory prohibition on Bell Telephone Company ownership of alarm monitoring companies. These efforts resulted in the FCC declaring over $1 billion in acquisitions to be unlawful.
Memberships & Associations
American Bar Association
Federal Communications Bar Association, Current Co-Chair Enforcement Committee (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Federal Communications Bar Association, Former Co-Chair Wireline Committee, 2011-2012
Honors & Awards
Recognized as a leading attorney in Communications practice area by Washington D.C. Super Lawyers, 2014-2016.
Recommended in US Legal 500 for his work in the Telecoms & Broadcast – Regulatory area, 2011 and 2013-2015.