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 bonolegal 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.

    News, Events & Articles


    Dec 09, 2013 Tom Magee Authors Article on Determining Joint Use Utility Pole Rates in Western Energy Magazine
    Sep 20, 2013 Tom Magee to Speak at the WEI Joint Use Conference
    May 02, 2013 Tom Magee Authors Article in the Electric Energy Magazine
    May 01, 2013 Thomas Magee will serve on the Legal Panel at the Heartland Joint Use Meeting
    Apr 24, 2013 Thomas Magee will serve on the Legal Panel at the Southeastern Electric Exchange Joint Use Meeting
    Mar 20, 2013 Thomas Magee will serve on the Legal Panel at the Wisconsin Joint Use Conference
    Mar 08, 2013 Thomas Magee will serve on the Legal Panel at the UTC Utilities Joint Use and Colocation Summit


    May 07, 2014 Tom Magee to Speak at 2014 Heartland Joint Use Meeting
    Jan 17, 2013 Registration is Closed - A Keller and Heckman Webinar Assessing Pole Attachment Appeal
    Oct 04, 2011 Register Today! - Pole Attachment Strategies for Electric Utilities Webinar (October 4, 2011)
    May 25, 2011 Partner Tom Magee to Speak at the Rural Electric Management Development Council
    May 16, 2011 Partner Tom Magee to Speak at RMEL Spring Management, Engineering & Operations Conference
    May 10, 2011 UTC TELECOM 2011
    May 10, 2011 Partner Tom Magee to Speak at UTC TELECOM 2011


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    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
    Jun 10, 2011 Partner Tom Magee Authors Article on FCC Pole Attachment Order for AGL Magazine


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    "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...

    800 MHz Channels, ILEC Joint Use Disputes, FirstNet, Annual CPNI Certifications Due, 76-81 GHz Radar Systems, Complimentary Emergency Communications Plan Webinar, Net Neutrality , Vol XII Issue 7
    C. Douglas Jarrett,Gregory E. Kunkle,Thomas B. Magee,Jack Richards, March 27, 2015
    Last week, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would create full power, 12.5 kHz channels offset between currently allocated 25 kHz channels in the 809-817/854-862 MHz band. The 25 kHz channels in this band would remain, and licensees would not be required to reduce...

    911 Violation, 911 Outage Investigation Settled, Signal Booster Waiver, FirstNet Activities, FCC Continues to Go Green, and KH Attorney Authors Net Neutrality Article - Vol. XII, Issue 12
    C. Douglas Jarrett,Gregory E. Kunkle,Thomas B. Magee,Tracy P. Marshall,Jack Richards, March 27, 2015
    Last week, the Commission ordered Hinton Telephone Company (Hinton) to pay a $100,000 penalty for failing to direct 911 calls to local first responders. In May 2013, the Commission received a complaint pertaining to Hinton’s 911 services. Upon further investigation, the Enforcement Bureau...

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


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