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Matthew DelNero
Matthew S. DelNero
Partner
Washington +1 202 662 5543 mdelnero@cov.com Download V-card

Matt DelNero serves as a trusted advisor to innovators and investors in the telecommunications, technology and media sectors—advising clients in policy development, regulatory compliance, and commercial transactions, among other settings. Mr. DelNero rejoined the firm in January 2017 after serving as Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

As an FCC Bureau Chief, Mr. DelNero led a team of over 170 attorneys, economists, and other professionals in developing and executing policies to promote the deployment and adoption of broadband and other communications services throughout the United States. The FCC tackled major policy questions under his leadership, including landmark transactions between cable, broadband, and other telecommunications providers; the privacy and data security obligations of broadband providers; and the regulatory structure for enterprise broadband services. He also oversaw stewardship of the $8+ billion Universal Service Fund and its ongoing reforms to bridge the digital divide. 

  • Advised private equity investors in structuring multi-billion dollar acquisitions of large fiber networks and in obtaining necessary federal, state, and local regulatory approvals.
  • Counseled programming networks in distribution of high-value content across cable, IPTV, satellite and online streaming platforms.
  • Assisted cloud computing and other online service providers with cross-border data transfers and compliance with evolving international privacy standards.
  • Represented telecommunications providers and broadcasters in regulatory reform initiatives for obtaining increased access to foreign capital.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA)
    • Member, Nominations Committee (2016-2018)
    • Co-Chair, Wireless Committee (2011-2012, 2012-2013)
    • Co-Chair, Mass Media Committee (2010-2011)
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

Previous Experience

  • Federal Communications Commission, Bureau Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
  • Federal Communications Commission, Deputy Bureau Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers, Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite (2012-2013)
  • Legal 500 US, Technology: Data Protection and Privacy; Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory and Transactional (2012-2013)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, "Rising Star" (2013-2014)
  • ASCAP/Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition, National First Prize (2003)