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"The uniqueness of the Baller Herbst Group is they are nationally recognized as the pinnacle in the industry, while delivering hometown service as we would expect in our community."

Rich Cody, Richmond Power & Light

"Your case or consultation will always be managed in an ethical manner, and you will enjoy working with them."

Jane Smith Patterson, President, The View Forward - Go Forward, and former Executive Director of the e-NC Authority

“We would have never accomplished our win in the state legislature, or in our court battles without Jim Baller and the Baller Herbst Law Group. They were instrumental in getting us to a point where locals could decide on their future by taking control of their own destiny.”

Joey Durel, former Mayor, Lafayette, LA

“Baller Herbst Law Group, PC helped the City of Riverside negotiate a city wide wireless broadband initiative with AT&T which was a critical project that lead to the City of Riverside being chosen as a Top 7 City by the Intelligent Community Forum for two years in a row and as the most intelligent community in the world for 2012.”

Steve Reneker, CTO, Riverside County, California

“We have utilized the Baller Herbst Law Group on numerous matters associated with telecommunications and joint pole attachments. Their service and counsel have always been top shelf.”

Ron Harris, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Fredericksburg, Virginia

“The “can do” attitude of the firm and its willingness to take on what might otherwise drive others off have been of tremendous value to us over time. Their responsiveness, vision, and guidance have allowed us to explore opportunities that were otherwise untenable.”

Kevin Kryzda, CIO, Martin County, Florida

“Baller Herbst helped the City understand complex cable franchise issues, along with negotiating a fair and reasonable cable franchise agreement. The staff was always prompt, professional and courteous. I would recommend Baller Herbst as a top notch firm for cable franchising legal advice.”

Karen Leonard, Deputy City Attorney, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

"Jim Baller and his firm have been at the forefront of every major battle over how we accelerate the deployment of next generation networks and provide our economy a strategic bandwidth advantage, from laying the groundwork for the National Broadband Plan to battles in state legislatures over municipal options to control their own bandwidth destinies.”

Blair Levin, Former Director of the FCC's National Broadband Plan Task Force and Head of the Gig.U Initiative

“Jim Baller is an acknowledged and wise advisor on the broad and politically-interesting subject of municipal fiber. He's been in the field since it was a field, and his advice is thoughtful, deliberate, and always well-informed.”

Susan Crawford, Professor, Harvard Law School

"I am privileged to call the Baller Herbst Law Group my friends and to have had them serve as UC2B’s legal counsel. They are leaders in the fight to allow local communities to determine their own Broadband futures. I learn something new every day from their email list of Broadband and telecommunications news and they are quick to respond to an email or a phone call when we need their help."

Michael Smeltzer, Retired Director of Networking at the University of Illinois, Principal Instigator of Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband (UC2B)

“The City of Westminster, MD is very grateful to Jim Baller and Casey Lide for the invaluable guidance and assistance negotiating our pioneering Public Private Partnership with Ting Fiber to light the Westminster Fiber Network. Their steadying presence during a complex and fast-paced negotiation produced an innovative and mutually satisfactory agreement between the City of Westminster and Ting that sets a new standard in how municipal broadband can be delivered to entities of all sizes.”

Robert Wack, City Council President, Westminster, MD

Baller Stokes & Lide, P.C. is a full-service, nationwide communications law firm dedicated to assisting local and state governments, municipal utilities, nonprofit organizations, and private entities as they navigate the complex world of telecommunications, broadband, wireless and cable television law and regulation.

Community Broadband

Baller Stokes & Lide is widely regarded as the most experienced and knowledgeable firm in America on community broadband matters.

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Economic Development

We believe that robust, competitively priced broadband can be an engine to drive economic growth in a community, and is essential to secure a community's prosperous future. We help communities realize that vision.

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Infrastructure & Contracts

Our attorneys are national leaders in developing strategies and agreements relating to infrastructure siting, acquisition, and leasing, including pole attachments, conduit leases, fiber optic cable leases and IRUs, and wireless facilities siting.

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Cable Television

Baller Stokes & Lide has extensive experience negotiating cable television franchises and other agreements affecting the public right of way, as well as assisting cable TV operators with acquiring rights to programming.

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