Bruce A.Olcott


Washington + 1.202.879.3630

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.


  • Five9 acquires Inference Technologies GroupJones Day advised Five9, Inc. in its acquisition of Inference Technologies Group, Inc., a leading global provider of Intelligent Virtual Agents for sales and service organizations.
  • NEP Group acquires Aerial Video SystemsJones Day advised NEP Group in its acquisition of Aerial Video Systems, the Burbank, California-based provider of a range of HD wireless camera systems, aerial productions, and mobile audio and video RF solutions for sports, entertainment, and film clients.
  • DataBank acquires LightBoundJones Day advised DataBank in connection with the acquisition and related financing of LightBound, an Indianapolis-based provider of colocation, Internet, voice, network, and cloud services.
  • Large financial institution provides acquisition financing of provider of security alarms and monitoring servicesJones Day represented a financial institution, as administrative agent and lender, in connection with the financing of a large electronic security company's acquisition of a leading provider of security alarms and monitoring services for commercial and residential customers.
  • Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (Indonesia) procures Government Multifunction Satellite Public Private Partnership projectJones Day represented the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (Indonesia) (MCIT), as international counsel, in connection with its procurement of a Government Multifunction Satellite Public Private Partnership (PPP) Project.
  • Chevron buys Pasadena Refining System for $350 million from Petrobras America Inc.Jones Day advised Chevron U.S.A. Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chevron Corporation, in its purchase of all of the equity interests of Pasadena Refining System Inc. ("PRSI") and PRSI Trading, LLC from Petrobras America Inc. for $350 million, subject to adjustments for working capital.
  • NEP Group acquires Broadcast Sports International, LLCJones Day advised NEP Group in its acquisition of Broadcast Sports International, LLC, a leading provider of radio-frequency audio-visual solutions to the live sports and broadcast television industry.
  • Sprint completes private placement of $3.9 billion wireless spectrum-backed notesJones Day represented Sprint Corporation, a communications services company, in connection with the issuance by three wholly owned special purpose subsidiaries of $3.9 billion of wireless spectrum-backed notes consisting of approximately $2.1 billion of Series 2018-1 4.738% Senior Secured Notes, Class A-1 and $1.8 billion of Series 2018-1 5.152% Senior Secured Notes, Class A-2, in a Rule 144A and Regulation S private placement.
  • Koch Equity Development commits $650 million preferred equity financing to support Meredith Corporation's $2.8 billion acquisition of Time, Inc.Jones Day advised Koch Equity Development, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., in connection with its $650 million of preferred equity financing to Meredith Corporation, a media and marketing company, in connection with Meredith’s $2.8 billion acquisition of magazine publisher Time, Inc.
  • J.F. Lehman acquires Waste Control SpecialistsJones Day advised long standing client J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading mid-market private equity firm focused on the defense, aerospace, and maritime sectors, in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Waste Control Specialists LLC, an owner and operator of a unique waste disposal, storage, and treatment facility, from Valhi, Inc.
  • Sierra Wireless acquires Numerex Corp. for $107 millionJones Day advised Sierra Wireless, Inc. as its U.S. counsel in its $107 million stock-for-stock acquisition of Numerex Corp.
  • Chevron sold its Hawaii refining, distribution, and retail assets to Island Energy Services, LLCJones Day advised Chevron U.S.A. Inc. in its sale to Island Energy Services, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of One Rock Capital Partners, LP, of all of Chevron's refining, distribution, and retail assets located in Hawaii, including the 58,000 barrel-per-day refinery in Kapolei, interests in a network of 58 retail service stations, four product distribution terminals on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii Island, pipeline distribution systems, and other related downstream assets statewide.
  • Sprint completes private placement of wireless spectrum-backed notesJones Day represented Sprint Corporation, a communications services company, in connection with the issuance by three special purpose, bankruptcy-remote, wholly owned subsidiaries of Sprint (the Issuers) of $3.5 billion of Series 2016-1 3.36% Senior Secured Notes, Class A-1 (the Notes) in a private transaction exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933.
  • The Southern Company, Kinder Morgan finalize Southern Natural Gas pipeline strategic ventureJones Day advised The Southern Company ("Southern") in its acquisition from Kinder Morgan of a 50 percent equity interest in the 7,600-mile Southern Natural Gas ("SNG") pipeline system.
  • Telecommunications company prevails in bidding dispute with local school district over E-Rate contractIn addition to providing frequent regulatory advice and assistance obtaining and responding to Freedom of Information Act requests on behalf of a telecommunications company, Jones Day defended the enforcement of a federally-funded E-Rate contract which had been improperly re-awarded to another bidder.
  • KeyBank provides $106.8 million financing for five wind-powered electric generating projects in OregonJones Day represented KeyBank National Association in connection with the $106.8 million back leveraged project financing for the acquisition, development, and construction of five wind-powered electric generating projects with a total generating capacity of 50 MW located in Baker County, Oregon and sponsored by D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments, L.L.C., a leading generator of wind and solar power in North America.
  • Escape Dynamics seeks regulatory approval for testing space launch vehicles using microwave RF energyJones Day is assisting Escape Dynamics, Inc. in working with the federal government to secure the necessary approvals for testing space launch vehicles using microwave RF energy.
  • GVF expands international outreach efforts on behalf of global satellite communications industryJones Day serves as outside general counsel to the Global VSAT Forum ("GVF"), an international trade association that has become a unified voice of the global satellite communications industry.
  • Teledyne secures license from NOAA permitting placement of Earth sensing instruments on ISSJones Day assisted Teledyne Technologies Incorporated in securing a license from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ("NOAA"), which was authorized by Congress to license and regulate space-based Earth sensing systems.
  • NextNav champions new FCC regulations improving public safetyJones Day is representing NextNav, LLC, which is developing a nationwide overlay wireless network that can provide highly accurate indoor location information for wireless handsets.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • 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
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