Communications Enforcement, Investigations and Audits
Communications Enforcement, Investigations and Audits
Communications and information technology companies face an alphabet soup of federal and state agencies—FCC, FTC, OIG, USAC, PUC and AGs, to name a few—each with their own rules, regulations, processes and procedures, and enforcement focus.

Our Communications attorneys know, understand and work with them all.

We represent clients in audit, investigations, enforcement matters and appeals before the FCC and other federal agencies, as well as state commissions and attorneys general.

We have a keen understanding of the nuances associated with these processes and a reputation for integrity and credibility with these agencies, earned through decades of experience representing all types of carriers in matters, including the Universal Service Fund, Lifeline and E-Rate Programs, 911 services, carrier marketing, unauthorized billing (“cramming”) and TCPA.

Federal Communications Commission, Office of Inspector General and Federal Trade Commission

  • Investigations into carrier compliance conducted by the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau and USF Strike Force

  • Office of Inspector General investigations into program compliance and fraudulent practices

  • Failures to pay USF contributions

  • Carrier marketing and billing practices, including TCPA compliance, cramming and outage reporting practices

State Public Utilities Commissions and Attorneys General

  • Multistate investigations into carrier marketing and billing practices

  • State PUC investigations of ETC compliance and oversight of agents

Universal Service Administrative Company

  • Universal Service contributor audits and appeals

  • ETC program compliance audits, PQAs and investigations

  • USF beneficiary withholding matters.

 
 

Overview

Communications and information technology companies face an alphabet soup of federal and state agencies—FCC, FTC, OIG, USAC, PUC and AGs, to name a few—each with their own rules, regulations, processes and procedures, and enforcement focus.

Our Communications attorneys know, understand and work with them all.

We represent clients in audit, investigations, enforcement matters and appeals before the FCC and other federal agencies, as well as state commissions and attorneys general.

We have a keen understanding of the nuances associated with these processes and a reputation for integrity and credibility with these agencies, earned through decades of experience representing all types of carriers in matters, including the Universal Service Fund, Lifeline and E-Rate Programs, 911 services, carrier marketing, unauthorized billing (“cramming”) and TCPA.

Federal Communications Commission, Office of Inspector General and Federal Trade Commission

  • Investigations into carrier compliance conducted by the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau and USF Strike Force

  • Office of Inspector General investigations into program compliance and fraudulent practices

  • Failures to pay USF contributions

  • Carrier marketing and billing practices, including TCPA compliance, cramming and outage reporting practices

State Public Utilities Commissions and Attorneys General

  • Multistate investigations into carrier marketing and billing practices

  • State PUC investigations of ETC compliance and oversight of agents

Universal Service Administrative Company

  • Universal Service contributor audits and appeals

  • ETC program compliance audits, PQAs and investigations

  • USF beneficiary withholding matters.

Partner
Email (202) 342-8544(202) 342-8544
John Heitmann, chair of the Communications practice, counsels wireless, wireline and cable broadband and telephony service providers, and other entities, large and small, international and domesti...
Partner
Email (202) 342-8612(202) 342-8612
Steve Augustino’s telecommunications practice is both broad and deep, ranging from regulatory, legislative and administrative law counsel to transactional advice, advocacy and litigation.&nb...
Partner
Email (202) 342-8518(202) 342-8518
Thomas Cohen’s practice focuses on providing legal counsel to further the business interests of entities engaged in the provision of wireline and wireless telecommunications, cable (video) a...
Partner
Email (202) 342-8566(202) 342-8566
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 Unive...
Partner
Email (312) 857-2350(312) 857-2350
Hank Kelly is the managing partner of the firm’s Chicago office. Hank’s practice is focused exclusively on communications, energy and public utility law and regulation, where he p...
Partner
Email (212) 808-7697(212) 808-7697
Marisa Lorenzo is a litigator who focuses on investigations, enforcement actions and lawsuits involving the communications industry.  Marisa works with clients, including communication service...
Partner
Email (202) 342-8540(202) 342-8540
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 sp...
Special Counsel
Email (312) 857-7087(312) 857-7087
Michael Dover’s practice focuses on technology litigation and dispute resolution.  Mike has extensive first and second chair experience before various federal courts, state courts and st...
Special Counsel
Email (202) 342-8614(202) 342-8614
Denise Smith is special counsel in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. Her practice focuses on representing telecommunications companies before federal and state regulatory agencies and courts...
Associate
Email (202) 342-8503 (202) 342-8503
Avonne Bell is an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Her practice focuses on telecommunications and technology matters. Prior to joining Kelley Drye, Avonne was a Senior Manage...
Associate
Email (202) 342-8465(202) 342-8465
Brad Currier is an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.  His practice focuses on communications matters. Prior to joining Kelley Drye, Brad served as an Assistant ...
Associate
Email (212) 808-7678(212) 808-7678
Jameson Dempsey counsels wireless, wireline, cable and advanced communications service providers on federal and state privacy, information security, and communications issues.  He draws on a ...
Associate
Email (202) 342-8635(202) 342-8635
Ross Slutsky is an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on communications, technology policy, privacy, data security, and emerging technology matters. Throug...
Associate
Email (202) 342-8459 (202) 342-8459
Jenny Wainwright is an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.  Her practice focuses on federal and state regulatory and transactional matters involving communications service ...