Founded by the first International Bureau Chief at the FCC and his senior advisors, HWG has a broad and deep experience in regulatory, policy, spectrum, commercial, and transactional matters facing satellite operators and investors. We have developed innovative regulatory concepts for our satellite clients, such as the regulatory framework for Non-Geosynchronous Orbit (NGSO) satellite systems, reverse banding for Ka Band video, and Ancillary Terrestrial Component of their satellite systems. HWG has represented satellite clients in each FCC rulemaking and WRC over the last two decades.
HWG has represented clients throughout the satellite industry on a wide range of issues, including new spectrum allocations, innovative technology proposals, U.S. and overseas market access, and day-to-day compliance with regulatory requirements. The firm has particular expertise in assisting satellite operators in both obtaining and defending spectrum allocations, as well as obtaining FCC licenses and international authorizations, and is also experienced in providing strategic business advice and guidance to companies looking to provide satellite-based communications services.
HWG regularly represents clients in critical multilateral organization meetings such as in the International Telecommunication Union whose World Radiocommunication Conferences determine international spectrum allocation, policy, and use, as well as the Inter-American Telecommuication Commission (CITEL) for regional (Western Hemisphere) spectrum allocation, management, and technical matters. HWG also represents clients before the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO; the international organizations responsible for administering aviation and maritime safety communication, respectively, and determining communication provider participation).
HWG regularly represents satellite space station and Earth station operators, carriers, and investors to obtain FCC consents for mergers and acquisitions, and the firm has unparalleled experience in national security reviews conducted by the U.S. Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Justice (“Team Telecom”). We represent satellite, submarine cable, and terrestrial network operators and carriers to complete reviews expediently with minimal conditions and, where necessary, to negotiate security agreements and letters of assurance.
The firm has extensive experience representing U.S. sellers and foreign purchasers of defense, critical infrastructure and critical technology businesses to obtain investment clearances from the CFIUS under the Defense Production Act and Foreign Investment and National Security Act. And HWG has long represented satellite operators and equipment manufacturers in complying with U.S. export controls and economic sanctions.
From concept to commercial operation, HWG can advise satellite operators, manufacturers, service vendors, or launch providers.
- Advising the operator of a large NGSO constellation in licensing, policy, strategy, and compliance issues before the FCC and other regulatory agencies.
- Providing advocacy for major satellite operators, industry associations and United States delegations before the ITU and the Inter-American Telecommunications Commission (CITEL) on spectrum planning and management, radio service planning, orbit access, and technical recommendations for global regulation and for the CITEL region (Western Hemisphere).
- Representing a major satellite radio company with respect to an FCC investigation of compliance with FCC rules.
- Advising a leading mobile satellite company in licensing and compliance matters.
- Advising a leading investment firm with respect to satellite-related regulatory proceedings at the FCC.
- For over a decade, acted as primary regulatory counsel for the nation’s largest Direct Broadcast Satellite operator and fastest growing satellite broadband operator in licensing and other matters before the FCC.
- Supported a major broadband satellite operator in market access through trade negotiations.
- Assisted clients in raising trade barriers facing satellite operators in the U.S. Trade Representative’s annual reviews of unfair practices and during trade negotiations.
- Interfaced with the State Department and industry association on behalf of a satellite client on modifications to the United Nations’ Committee on the Peace Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS).