Bruce Olcott has a broad range of experience in communications law and policy. His practice focuses on regulatory and transactional issues involving wireless and wireline services, including satellite, cellular, internet, fiber-optic, and broadband communications technologies. Bruce has assisted clients in developing innovative commercial and private communications services and in securing domestic and international authorizations for the acquisition, construction, and operation of networks. He represents clients in rulemakings and consultations before regulatory authorities, often seeking the elimination of legal and regulatory barriers to the provision of new communications services.
Bruce has represented clients in the acquisition, auction, licensing, and leasing of spectrum (frequencies); coordination of spectrum sharing agreements; resolution of interference disputes; and securing carriage and transmission capacity on satellite, wireless, and telecommunications networks. He has assisted clients in negotiations with network operators; wireless carriers; cable operators; tower, equipment, and service suppliers; programmers; satellite operators and manufacturers; and launch service providers.
Bruce advises clients on regulatory and licensing requirements maintained by countries throughout the world, including regulations governing broadband data, VoIP, and e-commerce services, and the operation of satellite, fiber-optic, and undersea cable networks. He has secured operating licenses, equipment certifications, and experimental test authorizations; government approvals for the placement of towers, burying of cable ducts, use of pole attachments, and construction of networks; and international orbital registrations for satellite networks.
Bruce also handles transactions and regulatory issues involving broadcast television and radio stations. Prior to his legal practice, he served in management and operational capacities at broadcast television stations and a cable television network.
Sending a Clear Signal: A Case Study in Using International Treaties to Promote U.S. Telecommunications Policy
- June 10, 2014
The Growing Commercial Use of Very Small Satellites, panel moderator, The ABA Forum on Air & Space Law, Space Law: Current and Future Issues
- May 6, 2014
Executive Roundtable Series: New Frontiers in Health Care and Life Sciences; A Look at the Legal Implication
- March 27, 2014
Best Practices in VSAT Spectrum Management, instructor, United States Telecommunications Training Institute.
- October 24, 2013
Promoting Universal Service – The Role for Satellites, instructor, United States Telecommunications Training Institute
- March 17, 2013
Addressing the IMT Threat to Satellite Spectrum, Global VSAT Forum Senior Executive Summit
- March 15, 2012
Receiver Standards – Revisiting the Possible Mandate, Satellite 2012 Conference/GVF Interference Prevention Summit
- March 15, 2010
Regulatory Challenges of Merging Broadband Satellite & Wireless into a Unified Value Chain, GVF Summit, Satellite 2010 Conference
- July 15, 2009
Introduction to the Broadband Initiatives Program, Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, and State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program, presented during the Broadband Buildout Provisions of the Stimulus Package Telebriefing, Law Seminars International
- March 24, 2009
International Satellite Regulatory Issues, GVF Vertical Markets Summit, Satellite 2009 Conference
- November 6, 2008
Satellite Communications for the Oil and Gas Industry, the Offshore Communications Conference
- March 5, 2008
700 MHz Auction in the United States: Lessons Learned, Policy Tracker European Digital Divide Conference
- February 25, 2008
Cracking Vertical Markets: The Legal Implications, Global VSAT Summit, Satellite 2008 Conference
- January 18, 2005
The Fight for Spectrum – Satisfying the Needs of New Technology, Pacific Telecommunications Conference
- January 16, 2005
Country Market Update: What’s Open and What’s Not, presented at Pacific Telecommunications Conference, GVF Asia-Pac Satcoms Forum
- January 11, 2004
Effecting Satellite Competition: The Path to the Liberalised Market, Pacific Telecommunications Conference.
- November 19, 2003
The Cost of Benefits; The Benefits of Cost? Can You Pay Too Little For Satellite Services?, SatCon – The Satellite Application Technology Conference & Expo
- February 11, 2003
The Satellite Forecasters: Is the Sky Falling?, Satellite 2003 Conference
- January 18, 2003
China’s Satellite Market in 2003, The Global VSAT Forum/Pacific Telecommunications Conference – China Telecom Workshop
- November 19, 2002
Let’s Make a Deal: The Satellite Capacity Proposition, SatCon – The Satellite Application Technology Conference & Expo
- March 5, 2002
Satellite Market Entry in China, presented at The Global VSAT Forum International Satellite Industry Summit
- Columbia University (J.D. with honors 1995; Senior Editor, Columbia Law Review); San Jose State University (B.A. 1983)
- District of Columbia
Legal 500 (2012-2014; 2016-2017)
Chambers USA (2012-2014)