Thomas B. Magee: Lawyer with Keller and Heckman LLP

Thomas B. Magee

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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  • Telecommunications
    University Columbia University, 1977-78; University of Colorado, B.A., 1982
    Law SchoolUniversity of Colorado, J.D., 1990
    Admitted1991, District of Columbia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court

    Federal Communications Bar Association
    American Bar Association
    Electric Cooperative Bar Association


    Thomas Magee joined Keller and Heckman in 2000. Mr. Magee provides regulatory, transactional and litigation counsel to investor-owned electric utilities, electric cooperatives and municipalities regarding pole attachments and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licensing of private wireless telecommunications services.

    Mr. Magee has helped to resolve dozens of pole attachment disputes affecting make-ready costs, safety violations, unauthorized attachments, annual rental rates and other terms and conditions of access. He negotiates, arbitrates/mediates and (when necessary) litigates these disputes before federal and state courts, the FCC, and state public service commissions.

    Mr. Magee has negotiated and drafted numerous joint use and pole attachment agreements, and he co-drafted the Sample Pole Attachment Agreement used by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's members nationwide. He advocates vigorously for electric utility pole owners in contract negotiations, dispute resolutions, and federal and state rulemaking and legislative proceedings.

    Mr. Magee is a frequent speaker on pole attachment and joint use issues at utility conferences nationwide, including those sponsored by the Edison Electric Institute, Florida Utilities Coordinating Committee, Heartland Joint Use Group, International Conference on Overhead Lines, International Right of Way Association, Midwest Energy Association, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, North Central Electric Association, RMEL (Rocky Mountain Electric League), Rural Electric Management Development Council, Southeastern Electric Exchange, Utilities Telecom Council, Western Energy Institute, and Wisconsin Joint Use Association.

    Mr. Magee also counsels utilities and other critical infrastructure companies on a variety of FCC radiofrequency matters, including spectrum acquisition, smart grid issues, 800 MHz and 2.1 GHz frequency rebanding, radiofrequency interference, Broadband over Power Line, FCC equipment authorizations, and FCC Enforcement Bureau proceedings.

    Mr. Magee has negotiated transmission tower leases and local tower siting disputes, and represents municipally-owned cable systems on FCC regulatory matters. He has litigated eligible telecommunications carrier proceedings and counseled schools and libraries on Universal Service E-Rate funding.

    Mr. Magee provides pro bono legal assistance to AARP's Legal Counsel for the Elderly program.

    Mr. Magee was an editor of the University of Colorado Law Review and advised a member of Congress on Ways and Means Committee issues.

    May 12, 2015 Tom Magee to Participate on Heartland Joint Use Legal Panel
    Apr 21, 2015 Tom Magee to Participate on Southeastern Electric Exchange Legal Panel
    Dec 09, 2013 Tom Magee Authors Article on Determining Joint Use Utility Pole Rates in Western Energy Magazine
    Sep 20, 2013 Tom Magee Speaks at the WEI Joint Use Conference
    May 02, 2013 Tom Magee Authors Article in the Electric Energy Magazine
    May 01, 2013 Thomas Magee Participates in Heartland Joint Use Meeting Legal Panel
    Apr 24, 2013 Thomas Magee Participates on Legal Panel at the Southeastern Electric Exchange Joint Use Meeting

    Mar 10, 2015 Complimentary Pole Attachment Update Webinar
    Oct 28, 2014 Tom Magee Presents at Fall Heartland Joint Use Conference
    Oct 22, 2014 Tom Magee Presents at Southeastern Electric Exchange Joint Use Meeting
    Sep 23, 2014 Tom Magee Presents at 2014 Western Energy Institute Joint Use Conference
    Aug 13, 2014 Tom Magee Presents at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Legal Seminar
    May 21, 2014 Tom Magee Presents at NRECA Legal Seminar
    May 07, 2014 Tom Magee Speaks at 2014 Heartland Joint Use Meeting

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    Dec 29, 2014 Happy Holidays From the Telecommunications Practice Group
    Mar 31, 2014 Pole Attachment Jurisdiction, Private Broadband, FCC Fees
    Jan 13, 2014 Telecom Predictions for 2014 -- Vol XI Issue 2
    Dec 23, 2013 Happy Holidays! -- Volume X, Issue 52
    Dec 09, 2013 Tom Magee Debates Joint Use Utility Pole Rates in WE Magazine
    Oct 01, 2013 SPECIAL TELECOM ALERT: Government Shutdown Now In Effect
    Jul 14, 2011 Partner Tom Magee Quoted in Communications Daily


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    911 Reliability Rules, Drone Privacy, Millimeter Wave Radar Frequencies, FirstNet Meeting, Complimentary Webinars: Pole Attachments and Emergency Communications, Vol XII, Issue 10
    C. Douglas Jarrett,Gregory E. Kunkle,Thomas B. Magee,Tracy P. Marshall,Jack Richards, April 6, 2015
    Last week the FCC released an Order extending the Comment and Reply Comment period for its proposed rules governing the reliability of 911 infrastructure. The proposed rules expand those adopted by the FCC last year in a number of ways. (Vol. XI, Issue 18). For example, the new rules would expand...

    911 Reliability, Net Neutrality, Drones, Muni Broadband, and FirstNet - Vol. XII, Issue 13
    C. Douglas Jarrett,Gregory E. Kunkle,Thomas B. Magee,Tracy P. Marshall,Jack Richards, April 1, 2015
    More than two dozen parties filed comments in response to the FCC’s proposed rules to enhance the reliability of the nation’s 911 infrastructure. The proposed rules would expand the scope of entities subject to the FCC’s reliability rules to include all entities that provide 911,...

    "Net Neutrality" Proposal, 911 Wireless Location Rules, AWS-3 Auction is Good News for FirstNet, FCC Considers Preempting State Muni Broadband Laws, FCC Fines Land Mobile Licensee for Unauthorized Operation, Vol XII, Issue 6
    C. Douglas Jarrett,Gregory E. Kunkle,Thomas B. Magee,Tracy P. Marshall,Jack Richards, March 27, 2015
    Last week, FCC Chairman Wheeler released a Fact Sheet and published an article in Wired Magazine outlining his proposed net neutrality rules. The Chairman¿s proposal would reclassify broadband Internet access service as a telecommunications service subject to regulation by the FCC under Title II of...

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


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