Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

07/18/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/19/2019 17:31

by Jennifer L. Richter

Jennifer represents a number of clients on drone applications, strategies and compliance. She was a voting member on the FAA's Aviation Rulemaking Committee that studied and made recommendations to the FAA Administrator about technologies to enable remote tracking and identification of UAS. She serves on the steering committee of the ANSI Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative (UASSC). Jennifer is an active participant in NASA's UAS UTM working groups. She is a subject matter expert on the FCC's Technological Advisory Council on UAS, and the Department of Homeland Security's CIPAC, which is studying how to protect critical infrastructure from drones. For the CTIA/NASA UAS Working Group, Jennifer is active with members, the FCC and the FAA on spectrum solutions for UAS, including UAS command/control links, tracking and identification, payload communications, collision avoidance and UAS traffic management system.

Issues on which Jennifer advises clients include:

  • Spectrum sharing, small cells and the evolution to 5G
  • Unmanned aerial systems/vehicles (also known as drones)
  • Wireless transactions and wireless policy including merger support
  • VRS for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Smart Cities and the IoT
  • TCPA compliance, rulemakings and litigation support
  • satellite regulations and transactions, including non-geostationary orbit satellites
  • Tower and infrastructure development
  • Air-to-ground services and in-flight broadband
  • Universal Service Fund and Telecommunications Relay Service Fund
  • Connected health care
  • E-rate, educational technology and digital education
  • Device and technology licensing
  • Internet Service Provider (ISP) regulatory compliance and diligence.

Jennifer also negotiates and advises technology and communications companies and their investors on a wide range of industry-specific agreements, including:

  • Spectrum acquisitions
  • Spectrum leases
  • Service agreements with major carriers
  • Wholesale access agreements and program affiliation agreements (including retransmission consent and must-carry agreements)
  • Roaming agreements
  • Backhaul agreements
  • Partnering agreements
  • Joint build and construction agreements
  • Mobile virtual network operator agreements
  • Outsourcing agreements
  • Collocation and tower agreements
  • Fiber optic indefeasible-right-of-use (IRU) agreements.

Her clients span the communications and technology sector and include:

  • Mobile network operators
  • Aviation / airline companies
  • UAS/UAM companies
  • Fixed broadband providers
  • Cable companies
  • VRS service providers
  • Online retailers
  • Educational technology companies
  • broadcasters
  • Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
  • Tower companies
  • Defense contractors
  • Device manufacturers
  • Foreign governments
  • Real estate developers
  • Data centers
  • Fiber optic/backhaul companies.

Following law school, Jennifer clerked for Commissioner Julie Carnes of the U.S. Sentencing Commission and also for the Media Bureau of the FCC.