Tom Dougherty

Tom Dougherty Tom Dougherty represents cable companies, broadband access providers, EBS licensees, BRS licensees, CLECs, CAPs, mobile carriers, satellite systems, purchasers of enterprise communications and outsourced services, and broadcasters in transactional and regulatory matters and before the FCC, State PUCs, cable franchising authorities and the Federal courts.

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Tips on Negotiating the Acquisition of a Telecommunications System

When it’s time to replace your telecom system, the devil is in the details – and there are a lot of details. Virtually every business depends on its telecommunications systems – and the bigger the company, the more crucial, and the more complex, those systems become. When the time arrives (and trust me, it will … Continue Reading

NBP And Infrastructure: Lots Of Questions, Not So Many Answers

The National Broadband Plan recognizes that improved broadband will require significant changes to certain critical "behind the scenes" elements of the broadband "ecosystem". While short on details, the NBP suggests a return to regulatory schemes that are troublesome and cumbersome and that haven't worked in the past.… Continue Reading

Technology Procurement Transactions: Some Practical Tips

If you're the person in your organization responsible for buying sophisticated software-controlled products, you routinely face a host of complex considerations, many of them unique to your operation. But no matter what unique features you deal with, it is important to recognize that certain issues and concerns apply to virtually all such transactions.… Continue Reading

Stimulus Tip: Towns May Be Willin’, But Don’t Forget Dillon!

A cautionary note with respect to an obscure, but potentially important, quirk in U.S. law that could mess up some plans to access Stimulus Package funds. Dillon's Rule could effectively bar, or at least seriously complicate, efforts by private entities to successfully dip into the deep pool of stimulus funds through the device of public/private partnerships.… Continue Reading