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Matt DelNero is co-chair of the firm’s Communications and Media Practice Group. He rejoined Covington in January 2017 after serving as Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Mr. DelNero represents companies and investors in the telecommunications, technology and media sectors before the FCC and other state and federal agencies. In his multi-faceted practice, he routinely advises clients on the full range of issues impacting telecommunications and media providers today, including:

  • Structuring and securing regulatory approvals for telecommunications and media transactions
  • Foreign investment in FCC-regulated companies
  • Universal Service Fund (USF) programs
  • Intercarrier compensation and interconnection disputes
  • Equipment and device authorizations
  • Enforcement investigations
  • Spectrum policy and auctions
  • Broadband regulation, including net neutrality
  • Video programming distribution and regulation
  • Privacy and data protection
  • 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, Internet of Things Committee (2017-2018)
    • 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; 2019)
  • 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)