William K. Keane

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William K. (Ken) Keane practices in the area of telecommunications law and policy with a focus on the representation of clients in radio spectrum policy and transactional matters. He counsels broadcast and industrial clients on FCC compliance issues; prepares license applications and other filings for submission to the Commission; represents clients in FCC enforcement proceedings; and provides advice and counsel in connection with communications asset transactions.

Mr. Keane has drafted and negotiated numerous asset purchase agreements for communications properties, broadcast and nonbroadcast, and agreements for the lease of excess capacity on microwave radio systems. Mr. Keane has represented corporate and trade association clients in many FCC rulemakings affecting national policy for administration of the radio spectrum resource. Mr. Keane is also active in international radio spectrum regulation. He has been a U.S. delegate to the last three World Radiocommunication Conferences, and represents client interests in the preparatory work of the International Telecommunication Union, and in the North and South American regional telecommunications organization, CITEL.

Mr. Keane is a 1972 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and a cum laude graduate of Holy Cross College. He is a Vietnam veteran.

Honors and Awards

•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell


Selected Publications

• Recent FCC Decision Provides a Major Boost for 5G Services, Including the Internet of Things, Duane Morris Alert, July 25, 2016
•Author, Net Neutrality Revisited, Duane Morris Alert, February 6, 2015
•Author, Appeals Court Strikes Down FCC's Net Neutrality Rules, Duane Morris Alert, January 16, 2014
•Co-author, FCC Releases Decision on New Funding Program for Rural Health: Broadband Connectivity Prioritized and the Expansion of Telemedicine and mHealth Continues, Duane Morris Alert, January 2, 2013
• mHealth and the FCC: What Does the FCC Have to Do with Medical Devices? mHealth Newsletter, November 14, 2012
• Mobile Internet Access: The Service That Ate the Radio Spectrum, Duane Morris Alert, February 11, 2011
• FCC's Net Neutrality Looking to Regulate the Internet?, Duane Morris Alert, November 9, 2009
•Co-author, Telecommunications Consumer Data: A Privacy Update, Duane Morris Alert, March 2, 2009
• D.C. Circuit Upholds FCC Split Decision That Verizon Violated Communications Act in Its Handling of Cable TV Company Porting Requests, Duane Morris Alert, February 19, 2009
•Co-author, Digital Television Conversion Update, Duane Morris Alert, February 11, 2009
• Telecom and Broadcast Policy Under the Obama Administration, Duane Morris Alert, January 22, 2009
• Unusual FCC Decision on Porting Finds Chairman Martin in a Minority of One, Duane Morris Alert, July 16, 2008
• FCC Bans Exclusivity Clauses for the Provision of Video Services to Apartment Buildings, Duane Morris Alert, December 3, 2007
• Net Neutrality - Revisited, Duane Morris Alert, August 22, 2007
• FCC Adopts New Rules Restricting Telco Disclosure of Customer Data, Duane Morris Alert, April 13, 2007
• The FCC and Net Neutrality, Duane Morris Alert, January 23, 2007
• World Radiocommunication Conference Sets New Guidelines, Signal, September 2003
• Achieving the Mobile Internet, Signal, March 2001. Co-winner of Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association Award for Best Article in 2001
• Receiver Standards and Guardbands: Maximizing Spectrum Efficiency, Radio Resource, March 1998
• Flight Testing and the Radio Spectrum: Will Channels Be Available? , ITEA Journal, March/April 1997
•Co-author, A Prevention Policy: Reducing Your EEO Exposure, Radio Ink, October 9-16, 1994
• Private Communications Systems: Interconnection Rights Under Challenge, Telecommunications, September 1985
• Access to the Network: Current Controversies Affecting Telephone Customer Interconnection Rights, Federal Bar News & Journal, November 1982

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Radio Spectrum Policy
  • Broadcasting
  • International

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202 776 5243  Phone
202 478 2160  Fax
Law School Attended:
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1972
Year of First Admission:
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia; 1973, District of Columbia; 1972, Virginia

Professional Activities

•Member, U.S. Delegation, World Radiocommunication Conferences, 2003, 2007 and 2012
•Federal Communications Bar Association
- Executive Committee, 1994-1997
- Wireless Practice Committee Co-Chair, 2007-2008

United States Navy, 1966-1969, 1st Marine Division, Vietnam, 1968-1969
Birth Information:
Washington, D.C., August 5, 1944
Reported Cases:
Representative Matters; Acted as Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) advisors and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) counsel in a series of major filings before both agencies which began the formal process for seeking a series of approvals, waivers and related Federal Power Act, Public Utilities Holding Company Act and Communications Act actions in an acquisition valued at several hundred million dollars. Represented aerospace clients in obtaining an innovative Federal Communications Commission ruling that authorizes a new type of medical telemetry device in spectrum previously reserved exclusively for flight test purposes; Represented FCC licensees in station acquisitions and tower lease transactions; Represented State and municipal governments in negotiations with Sprint regarding the terms and conditions for re-banding 800 MHz radio facilities; Represented federal and aerospace industry clients in securing World Radiocommunication Conference approval for additional radio spectrum for flight testing; Represented world leader in UV curing technology in FCC proceeding to preserve rules for industrial, scientific and medical devices; Represented advertising industry client in federal court and FCC litigation involving client's classification as information service provider, rights to toll-free numbers, and related FCC inquiry; Represented major automobile manufacturer in FCC radio licensing; Provided advice and counsel to competitive local exchange providers concerning telecom law issues (e.g., slamming) arising in context of bankruptcy proceedings; Formed coalition of associations to advocate industrial radio interests before FCC; Special counsel on behalf of Fortune 500 clients in FCC enforcement proceedings; Representation of schools and colleges in negotiations for lease of microwave system excess capacity; Represented one of the nation's largest TV translator operators in proceedings before the FCC regarding the right to compensation for costs of relocating television relay system; Provided advice and counsel concerning telecommunications law aspects of VoIP service agreements and the drafting of same; Provided counsel to trade association with respect to net neutrality legislation; Provided advice and counsel to large public company with respect to mobile TV applications; Representation of prominent geophysical exploration company in successful effort to secure modification of FCC rules for new technology; Argued appellate cases to United States Court of Appeals and Federal Communications Commission

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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