Jack Richards: Lawyer with Keller and Heckman LLP

Jack Richards

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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  • Telecommunications
    University Pennsylvania State University, B.A., with distinctions, 1972
    Law SchoolPenn State, Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1975
    Admitted1975, Pennsylvania; 1988, District of Columbia


    Federal Communication Bar Association


    Prior to joining Keller and Heckman in 1986, Jack Richards served for 10 years as an attorney before the Federal Communications Commission, where he held senior policy and management positions; including Legal Assistant to Commissioner Mimi Dawson; Chief of the Enforcement Branch; and Chief of the Rules Branch, Land Mobile and Microwave Division of the Private Radio (now Wireless Telecommunications) Bureau.

    Mr. Richards represents petroleum and natural gas companies, electric utilities, commercial wireless service providers, mobile radio and microwave operators, trade associations and others at the FCC and elsewhere on licensing, regulatory and telecommunications transactional matters.

    He serves as counsel to the American Petroleum Institute on telecommunications matters before the FCC and as the General Counsel of ENTELEC, the Energy, Telecommunications and Electrical Association.

    His clients also include the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative, which he has represented before the FCC since 1986. In 1992, he assisted NRTC in negotiating an Agreement with DIRECTV for the distribution of DIRECTV Direct Broadcast Satellite service, leading to the nation's first successful launch of DBS service. In 2003, he represented NRTC in obtaining FCC approval for NRTC and others to invest in WildBlue Communications, which provides the country's first Ka-band broadband satellite service. He also assists NRTC in managing its 220 MHz wireless system and in other telecommunications projects.

    Mr. Richards works with investor owned electric utilities and rural electric cooperatives on a variety of pole attachment matters, including drafting, reviewing and negotiating pole attachment and joint use agreements. In 2004, he served as Project Manager in preparing a Sample Pole Attachment Agreement for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association that was distributed to all of its rural electric utility members. Previously, he served as Project Manager in preparing a Telecommunications Source book for NRECA, entitled The New Telecommunications Environment: Opportunities for Electric Cooperatives.

    Mr. Richards is AV Preeminent TM Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

    News, Events & Articles


    Jun 20, 2014 Lincoln Assassination Tour for Summer Associates
    May 05, 2014 Jack Richards Named 2014 Super Lawyer
    Dec 27, 2013 Jack Richards Authors Article on The Spectrum Disconnect at the FCC in Pipeline & Gas Journal
    Nov 12, 2013 Keller and Heckman Partners Jack Richards and Greg Kunkle Author Article for Radio Resource Magazine
    Sep 18, 2013 Jack Richards, Dawn Livingston, and Wes Wright Will Attend the ENTELEC Fall Meeting
    Jun 18, 2013 Keller and Heckman's Attorneys Recognized for Pro Bono Efforts
    Apr 09, 2013 Keller and Heckman Attorneys to Attend and Speak at ENTELEC Spring Conference


    Apr 17, 2014 FCC Continues Tower Enforcement: K&H Webinar - Know Your Tower ABCs
    Jan 17, 2013 Registration is Closed - A Keller and Heckman Webinar Assessing Pole Attachment Appeal
    May 15, 2012 ENTELEC 2012 Conference and Expo
    Oct 04, 2011 Register Today! - Pole Attachment Strategies for Electric Utilities Webinar (October 4, 2011)
    May 24, 2011 ENTELEC 2011 Conference and Expo
    Apr 13, 2010 ENTELEC 2010 Conference and Expo
    Jul 07, 2009 FCC Enforcement: How Utilities Can Avoid Costly Fines Webinar


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    Sep 15, 2014 The Energy Industry Deserves Adequate Spectrum Resources
    Mar 31, 2014 Pole Attachment Jurisdiction, Private Broadband, FCC Fees
    Jan 13, 2014 Telecom Predictions for 2014 -- Vol XI Issue 2
    Dec 27, 2013 Jack Richards Authors Article on The Spectrum Disconnect at the FCC in Pipeline & Gas Journal
    Dec 23, 2013 Happy Holidays! -- Volume X, Issue 52
    Oct 01, 2013 SPECIAL TELECOM ALERT: Government Shutdown Now In Effect
    Nov 08, 2010 FDA Due Diligence - An Ounce of Prevention...


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    The Energy Industry Deserves Adequate Spectrum Resources
    C. Douglas Jarrett,Gregory E. Kunkle,Jack Richards,Wesley K. Wright, September 18, 2014
    Electric utilities, oil and gas companies, and others in the energy industry rely on a variety of communications systems authorized by the Federal Communications Commission to meet their internal wireless communications requirements. In light of the critical nature of their services, they must...

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    Jack Richards

    Suite 500 West, 1001 G Street, N.W.
    WashingtonDC 20001


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