Daryl Zakov represents a diverse group of clients including facilities-based wireless and wireline carriers, equipment manufacturers, cable companies, radio and TV broadcasters, public universities, MVNOs, MVNEs, M2M operators, and government and Tribal entities.  In addition to advising clients on traditional matters within the telecommunications, cable, satellite, broadcasting, and wireless sectors — including step-by-step guidance on FCC auctions, FCC proceedings, and NTIA or USDA (RUS) funding programs — Daryl counsels clients on disruptive and emerging technologies, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, aka Drones), mobile internet applications, cloud-networking, SaaS, and the Internet of Things.

Daryl leverages his many years of experience with a joint venture owned by Western Wireless and Cook Inlet Regional, Inc., and in senior management positions with VoiceStream Corp. and T-Mobile US, Inc., to advise his clients with the perspective of someone who has walked in their shoes.  During his time with these companies, Daryl worked hand-in-hand with colleagues to find solutions to issues related to every aspect of a company's operations, whether in sales, marketing, product development, engineering, finance or customer care.  During the in-house portion of his career, Daryl actively led his company in global activities, helping to develop GSMA standards and partnering with T-Mobile's European and Asian affiliates.

Daryl also serves as Assistant General Counsel to the Washington, DC-based Rural Wireless Association. When not assisting his clients, Daryl is a frequent guest lecturer at industry events.

Professional Activities

  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Assistant General Counsel, Rural Wireless Association

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  • Negotiated hundreds of commercial roaming, wholesale, MVNO, inter-working, and network access agreements, both domestically and internationally.
  • Advised the country's second highest winning bidder among non-commercial educational (NCE) television stations in the FCC's 600 MHz Incentive Auction, resulting in a $157 million payout and retention of the client's television broadcasting license.
  • Participated in numerous FCC rulemaking proceedings, including those that secured PEA license sizes in the 600 MHz Band, commercially reasonable data roaming rates, and liberalization of burdensome reporting regulations.
  • Worked with the internal team responsible for the first GSM network build-outs of Chicago and Dallas, and the associated Loan Syndication financing for $750 million, then the largest ever amount in the telecom industry.

Bar admissions

  • Washington State, 2002
  • District of Columbia, 2009

Admitted to practice before:

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit


  • J.D., 1999, University of Dayton
  • B.A., 1996, Kenyon College
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