John J. Heitmann

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP — Partner

John Heitmann counsels wireless, wireline and cable broadband and telephony service providers, and other entities, large and small, international and domestic, on policy, compliance and strategic initiatives involving the communications regulatory landscape on both the federal and state levels.  With 25 years of experience, John advises clients on regulatory policy and compliance with the Communications Act, the Federal Trade Commission Act, and the numerous other federal and state laws governing telecommunications, privacy and information security.

John defends communications companies in enforcement matters before the Federal Communications Commission and other federal and state regulatory agencies, and in investigations by the Office of Inspector General and State Attorneys General.  He also represents clients in various dispute resolution proceedings, including before the FCC, state public utility commissions and in arbitration, as well as in appeals before federal and state courts.

The federal Universal Service Fund, (USF) and the Lifeline program in particular, is another key focus area for John.  He advises eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) on all facets of the federal Lifeline program, including policy, ETC/Lifeline Broadband Provider designation, compliance, audits, enforcement and investigations.  John also advises clients on issues related to the Connect America Fund and Schools and Libraries/E-Rate program, as well as on USF contributions.

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