Municipal Law and Finance

Municipal Broadband

Recognizing the importance of broadband service and the availability of new funding sources, Preti Flaherty has formed a municipal broadband practice group. It is a collaborative effort of our Municipal Law and Finance, Energy and Telecommunications, and Business Law Groups.  This multidisciplinary practice is the result of decades of experience working with municipalities and leading the negotiation and management of some of the region’s most significant public utility and broadband infrastructure agreements. Preti Flaherty’s attorneys have direct experience establishing and funding local broadband projects in Maine and are well-known for the successful representation of municipal and county governments, publicly owned utilities, school districts, and other public entities across New England. Combining extensive municipal, telecommunications and business law experience with deep knowledge of communications businesses and technologies, we help clients simplify and streamline the complex planning and implementation of major telecommunications projects.

Our municipal broadband capabilities and experience include:

  • Interlocal agreements and utility district formation
  • Public-private broadband partnerships
  • Public rights of way for communications infrastructure
  • Infrastructure siting, acquisition, and leasing
  • Wired and wireless communications and broadband infrastructure
  • State and local regulatory compliance issues
  • Local, state, and federal broadband policy
  • Federal and state licensing and compliance
  • Telecommunications service negotiations and contracting assistance
  • Environmental, permitting, zoning, and land use issues
  • Broadband and telecommunications advocacy

A Reliable Network

Preti Flaherty attorneys have been trusted names in municipal, telecommunications and business law for decades. Central to our success is our depth of experience and nuanced understanding of the complex government and technological landscape. From traditional matters like administrative hearings and enforcement proceedings to cutting-edge issues across the rapidly evolving IT-communications-media spectrum, we provide clients with clear insight and guidance to help them overcome broadband barriers, make critical infrastructure decisions, and establish state-of-the-art communications systems.

Firm Highlights

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Matthew C. Worthen Joins Preti Flaherty’s Real Estate and Finance Practice Group

Preti Flaherty is pleased to welcome Matthew C. Worthen as a Director in the firm’s Real Estate and Finance Group. Worthen previously served as a Shareholder and Chair of the Real Estate Group at...

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Preti Flaherty Names Michael S. Smith as Managing Partner

Preti Flaherty announced this week the election of Michael S. Smith as the firm’s new Managing Partner, effective July 15, 2024. He succeeds David Van Slyke, who is resuming his role as chair of...

Press Coverage

Looking to 'new generation,' Preti Flaherty promotes 42-year-old litigator to managing partner

Effective July 15, Michael S. Smith has been named managing partner of the law firm Preti Flaherty. Michael succeeds David Van Slyke, who will resume his role as chair of the firm’s environmental practice...

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Portland law firm Preti Flaherty unveils renovated HQ space

Preti Flaherty has remodeled its Portland headquarters, spanning three floors and 41,000 square feet at One City Center. The update features hybrid workstations, collaborative areas, and an internal staircase that integrates flexible conference and...

Publication

Compliance for Two—What Employers Need to Know about the Newly Effective Final Regulation for the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

On June 18, 2024 the final rule from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) takes effect, clarifying employers' obligations under this landmark legislation. Effective since June 27...

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Copyright Litigation: Substantial Similarity

In copyright litigation, courts assess substantial similarity to determine if alleged copying constitutes infringement. This evaluation involves comparing works across different categories using objective measures and subjective impressions to weigh similarities and dissimilarities. Even when...

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Trusts and Estates Attorney Dianne Ricardo to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Dianne Ricardo has joined the firm’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group. Based out of the firm’s Concord, New Hampshire office, Dianne focuses her practice on comprehensive estate...

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What Is the Affirmative Relief Announcement?

On June 18, 2024, President Biden announced  a series of immigration actions  using the authority granted to him by our existing immigration laws. These actions will help certain undocumented individuals in the United States...

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Supreme Court Clarifies Constitutionality of Outdoor Camping Bans

Earlier today the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in the  City of Grants Pass, Oregon v. Johnson et al. , overturning a 2019 decision from the 9 th  Circuit Court, which held...

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10 Preti Attorneys, 6 Practice Groups Honored in National Rankings

Ten Preti Flaherty attorneys and six practice groups have been selected by Chambers USA for inclusion in their premiere annual list of America’s leading lawyers. Preti is recognized for excellence in the practice areas...