In a sector where converging technologies often blur traditional regulatory classifications, Womble Bond Dickinson’s Howard Shapiro has more than 35 years of experience protecting the interest of clients operating in the dynamic telecommunications space.

Howard’s regulatory and transactional clients include cable television companies, multichannel video programming providers and local franchising authorities. His work on their behalf includes:

  • Obtaining and cable television franchises for large and small cable television companies,
  • Advocating for regulatory changes,
  • Ensuring regulatory compliance, and
  • Facilitating the acquisition, sale and financing of telecommunications properties

In addition, he advises both wireline and wireless rural telecommunications companies on a host of regulatory, transactional and competitive issues.  Howard  spectrum auctions involving 600 MHz, 700 MHz and AWS, as well as in secondary markets through license partitioning and spectrum leasing.

Howard also helps telecom clients properly structure international investment and negotiate the vetting process required to obtain FCC and Executive Branch approval for foreign ownership.  He regularly works with these companies on the variety of regulatory questions that invariably arise as legacy telecommunications services are transitioning to broadband platforms. 

Howard has written and lectured on issues involving video programming delivery over digital subscriber line (DSL) and acquisition of video content.

Professional Activities

Federal Communications Bar Association


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  • Assisted a leading manufacturer of professional audio equipment in obtaining an experimental license from the FCC that assisted in the development and commercial deployment of a new and groundbreaking wireless microphone product that has received awards for innovation and expanding the state-of-the art in that industry.

Bar admissions

  • Florida, 1981
  • Virginia, 1982
  • District of Columbia, 1993
  • Maryland, 2009

Admitted to practice before:

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


  • J.D., 1980, Florida State University
    • high honors
  • B.A., 1977, Florida State University
    • magna cum laude
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