Thomas B. Magee

Thomas B. Magee: Attorney with Keller and Heckman LLP
  • Partner at Keller and Heckman LLP
  • Suite 500 West, 1001 G Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20001
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Thomas 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 07, 2018 Greg Kunkle, Tom Magee, Wes Wright and Tim Doughty Will Attend UTC Telecom and Technology 2018


•Oct 17, 2018 Tom Magee Speaks on Panel: Discussion of Pole Attachment Issues
•Oct 10, 2018 Tom Magee Attends the Heartland Conference
•Sep 20, 2018 Tom Magee Speaks on Panel: Discussion of Pole Attachments
•May 01, 2018 Tom Magee Attends 2018 Spring Heartland Meeting
•Apr 18, 2018 Tom Magee to Attend the SEE Joint Use Meeting
•Oct 24, 2017 Tom Magee Presents FCC Pole Attachment Update
•Oct 17, 2017 Tom Magee Presents on Legal Panel at the Southeastern Electric Exchange (SEE)


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•Feb 19, 2016 Pole Attachment Bill of Rights for Electric Utilities
•Aug 17, 2015 Al Catalano and Tom Magee Published in Mission Critical: The Natural Alliance Between FirstNet and Co-ops
•Aug 01, 2015 Thomas Magee Authors Article Pole Attachments: Here We Go Again in UTC Journal
•Mar 31, 2014 Pole Attachment Jurisdiction, Private Broadband, FCC Fees
•Jan 13, 2014 Telecom Predictions for 2014 -- Vol XI Issue 2
•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

Areas of Practice (1)

  • Telecommunications

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202.434.4128  Phone
202.434.4646  Fax
University Attended:
Columbia University, 1977-78; University of Colorado, B.A., 1982
Law School Attended:
University of Colorado, J.D., 1990
Year of First Admission:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; 1991, District of Columbia; U.S. Supreme Court


•Federal Communications Bar Association
American Bar Association
Electric Cooperative Bar Association


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