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Martin L. Stern

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Mr. Stern provides strategic and policy advice to telecommunications, information technology and media firms in the United States, Asia and elsewhere in the world. Mr. Stern assists telecom and broadband providers on all aspects of network build-out and operations. He has served as lead telecom regulatory and land use counsel in connection with numerous domestic and international undersea and terrestrial fiber-optic cable projects, as well as on permitting issues associated with the siting and deployment of wireless facilities.

Mr. Stern also handles complex regulatory issues in connection with mergers, acquisitions, financings and restructuring activities of telecom, broadband and media companies, including foreign investment in U.S. telecom providers and security-related issues with U.S. Executive Branch Agencies. He also represents clients on policy matters before the administration, Congress, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and handles the full range of FCC spectrum licensing and equipment authorization issues.

Mr. Stern has provided commercial, strategic and regulatory advice in connection with the roll-out of next-generation networks involving both wireless and wireline technologies. On the content side, he has represented both satellite programmers and distributors on regulatory, policy and commercial matters. He was recently named a “Lawdragon 500: New Stars, New Worlds,” for his great depth and experience in the telecommunication area, as well as the complexity of his work.

Professional Background

Mr. Stern is the former deputy chief of the Competition Division, Office of the General Counsel, at the FCC. He also served as a trial attorney in the Communications and Finance Section of the U.S. Justice Department's Antitrust Division. Mr. Stern has also held positions as a private-practice attorney in Washington, D.C.


  • Best Lawyers in America, 2016

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Vice Chair, Communications and Digital Technology Industries Committee, American Bar Association, Antitrust Section
  • Member, Washington Regional Cabinet, University of Rochester
  • Member, Executive Alumni Committee, Simon Graduate School of Business

Additional Information

Mr. Stern writes and speaks frequently on competitive and economic issues involving telecommunications, Internet and broadband, as well as on antitrust and trade regulation, information technology policy, and litigation-related telecommunications matters.

He is the Executive Producer and Co-Host of Broadband US TV, an Internet TV channel focused on regulatory, policy and industry developments in the broadband sector.

He is Co-Chair of the Telecom Antitrust Handbook, a comprehensive guide to antitrust considerations in telecom, broadband access, and video programming distribution (the first edition was published in 2005; the second edition is expected in 2012).