Jeff Lanning counsels clients on regulatory, policy and commercial matters across the communications, technology and media sectors with a particular focus on rural broadband and market rationalization. His background in business and law, working both as an in-house attorney and for the Federal Communications Commission, provides him with unique insight and an insider’s perspective when it comes to advising telecom clients on regulatory advocacy and compliance matters. He also has significant experience advising on telecom litigation and transactional matters. 

Prior to joining the firm, Jeff was the Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for the nation’s fourth largest telecom provider, which has a substantial rural footprint. During his time there, Jeff represented the company through the transformation of the federal Universal Service Fund and intercarrier compensation mechanisms, achieving broadly positive outcomes. He also handled the company’s extensive interaction with the Universal Service Administrative Company. During his time in industry, Jeff served as a board member of the National Exchange Carrier Association and as a delegate to the North American Numbering Council.

Jeff has also served as Associate General Counsel for the United States Telecom Association and worked with the Federal Communications Commission, first as an Attorney in the Competition Division, and then as Special Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel, where he co-founded the Transaction Team and chaired the Biennial Review Task Force.  

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Federal Communications Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Federal Communications Law Journal Committee