LMI Advisors serves the unique needs of the global satellite industry.
Our consultants have decades of experience in telecommunications law, regulation and commerce. With experienced consultants located strategically around the world, LMI Advisors provides support for the full range of communications regulatory issues that a telecommunications business will encounter.
We have decades of experience in U.S. and international telecommunications licensing, regulatory counseling, spectrum management, market access, commercial contracting, public policy, government relations, and more. Our consultants have served at the FCC, foreign regulatory authorities and as in-house and outside counsel to major satellite and telecommunications service providers. Because we are structured as a consultancy rather than a traditional law firm, LMI Advisors is able to advise clients on a flexible and cost-effective basis.
Last week, the FCC released the text of a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) ahead of its April meeting that seeks comments on a streamlined licensing process for small satellites (“smallsats”) (IB Docket 18-86; DOC-349939A1.pdf; citations herein to paragraph numbers). The draft NPRM asks for input on characteristics defining smallsats, details of the new streamlined procedure, and possible frequency allocation changes. The draft NPRM proposes no more than 10 satellites be included in a single smallsat license application and whether a limit should be imposed on the number of applications that can be filed by a single entity. (¶27) No satellite could exceed 180kg mass, and all satellites must be larger than 10cm3 to ensure that they are trackable.read more
Satellite & Earth Station Licensing
LMI Advisors assists clients in navigating U.S. and foreign regulations affecting the telecommunications industry. We can guide you through the complex rules governing terrestrial wireless and satellite service issues, as well as lawful interception, data protection and privacy concerns.
We leverage our extensive public and private sector experience to counsel satellite operators, aeronautical and maritime communications providers, earth station operators and managers of global networks across jurisdictions. – Read More
Transactions & Commercial Agreements
LMI Advisors assists clients in conducting due diligence and developing favorable agreements involving telecommunications equipment and services. We have extensive experience with negotiations, commercial and government contract formation and the development of joint ventures. – Read More
International Satellite Regulation
Our consultants advise on regulations governing spectrum sharing and licensing, with a particular focus on International Telecommunications Union and regional telecommunications regulatory meetings. We can advise you on national rulemakings, the development of requirements to facilitate implementation of spectrum-based operations, and with negotiations among spectrum users to develop workable sharing arrangements. -Read More
LMI Advisors participates in a range of diverse projects involving innovative service applications and business structures. We regularly assist client in negotiating with regulators to authorize new services and business models not contemplated by existing regulatory frameworks. – Read More
Satellite Market Access
LMI Advisors has extensive expertise in global satellite market access, including traditional earth station operations, maritime services and in-flight connectivity. These licensing activities, along with our participation in international telecommunication regulatory activities, create strong relationships with regulators around the world. – Read More
U.S. government missions rely on the international commercial satellite industry to provide secure, real-time communications. LMI Advisors can facilitate your support of national security missions by counseling on government contracting and proposals, outlining security compliance requirements and advocating before national regulatory and intelligence organizations. – Read More