Steve Augustino is a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C. office and co-chair of the Telecommunications practice group, which is recognized as a leading practice in the 2012 edition of Chambers USA. He focuses his practice on telecommunications and enforcement matters.
Mr. Augustino represents all types of telecommunications service providers, including competitive local carriers, VoIP providers and prepaid calling card providers. His work for these clients covers all aspects of their business, including initial registrations, carrier to carrier negotiations, and billing disputes. 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), network outage reporting, prepaid card marketing, cramming, fax marketing, slamming, "fat finger dialing" 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 the largest conferencing proivider in a USF appeal concerning classification of its services.
Represented large telecommunications provider in USAC audit of Form 499-A filings. USAC audit took 25 months and examined over $1 billion in revenues.
Defended 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, Co-Chair Wireline Committee
Honors & Awards
Recommended in US Legal 500 for his work in the Telecoms & Broadcast – Regulatory area, 2011 and 2013.