Chip Yorkgitis is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He focuses his practice on telecommunications.
Chip represents clients with interests and concerns related to spectrum management. He has acted as counsel to users of spectrum on issues related to spectrum allocation, interference resolution, private and NTIA coordination of stations and spectrum sharing, management of stations, adherence to operational and technical regulations, interconnection, Federal Communication Commission (FCC) radio station licensing, foreign ownership, antenna structure marking and lighting requirements, and FAA obstruction evaluations. He advises numerous equipment manufacturers, importers, and retailers with regard to equipment radiofrequency emission testing, equipment authorization (certification, Declarations of conformity, and verification), limits on human exposure to radiofrequency emissions, and other electromagnetic compatibility matters, covering both licensed and unlicensed devices. He has represented satellite carriers and their customers in negotiating transponder, capacity and other commercial arrangements, as well as complying with all facets of federal regulation.
Chip also represents a wide range of service providers, such as Internet Protocol (VoIP) and other advanced communications services, domestic competitive telecommunications carriers, and international carriers, in all aspects of state and federal communications laws. He regularly represents these clients in development and interpretation of FCC and state implementing regulations; negotiation, arbitration and enforcement of interconnection agreements and service contracts; regulatory compliance; agency investigations and enforcement in matters as diverse as universal service contribution obligations, outage reporting, access charges, equipment authorization; private adjudications; and regulatory matters related to mergers, acquisitions and other transactions in today’s fast changing environment. He represents a number of providers and utilities in matters related to pole attachments, conduit occupancy rights, local franchises and public rights-of-way in numerous municipalities, counties, and localities around the United States.
Has acted as global coordinating regulatory counsel for a major U.S. contractor charged with implementing the worldwide ground segment of a next-generation polar-orbiting weather and environmental satellite system, coordinating the supporting work of a dozen firms located around the world.
Represents a major aerospace client in the FCC’s proceedings on sharing of flight test spectrum at 2360- 2390 MHz with medical telemetry devices and adjacent channel coordination with commercial mobile broadband operations below 2360 MHz.
Active participant in Department of Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee Working Group 1 examining sharing parameters between Federal and non-Federal stations in the 1695-1710 MHz band.
Acts as Federal regulatory counsel to the spectrum management council of a major U.S. federal government contractor.
Represented major competitive telecommunications carrier in rights-of-way litigation with municipal government in state court in the SE United States, recently brought to a successful resolution after multiyear proceedings.
Represented major competitive telecommunications carrier in litigation over pole attachment rates and access to fiber with municipally owned utility in federal court in the SE United States, brought to a successful resolution after multi-year proceedings.
Has represented numerous competitive telecommunications carriers in negotiations, arbitrations, and court cases in a variety of intercarrier compensation disputes with both interexchange carriers and incumbent local exchange carriers.