Statement of Qualifications

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Baller Stokes & Lide, PC* has a national law practice based in Washington, DC. Our clients include the American Public Power Association, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, numerous regional and state municipal associations, and individual public, cooperative, and private entities in more than 35 states. The Firm’s work spans a wide range of regulatory, administrative, legislative, and judicial matters involving broadband, cable, telecommunications, and other communications and information services. 

Working regularly with teams of engineering, financial, tax, marketing and other specialists, we also help our clients make and implement comprehensive telecommunications plans; develop advanced communications systems; comply with all pertinent federal, state and local legal requirements; identify and evaluate potential strategic partners and negotiate cooperative relationships with them; draft integrated right-of-way and zoning ordinances, franchises, licenses, permits, contracts, forms and other related documents; negotiate pole, duct, conduit, fiber, and tower agreements; obtain stimulus funding and implement award conditions; prepare technical, financial and performance audits and reviews; and administer and enforce cable and telecommunications franchises. 

Baller Stokes & Lide is the only law firm in the United States to be named to the Broadband Communities Magazine’s Fiber-to-the-Home Top 100 list each year from 2012 through 2018, In publishing its list for 2018, Broadband Communities stated, “This telecom law firm has a long, consistent record of supporting the use of advanced broadband infrastructure to drive the development of economically strong local communities. The Firm represents public and private entities on a broad range of communications matters, both nationally and in more than 35 states. It is best known for representing the rights of public entities to build and operate their own communications networks.” 

During the last 15 years, the Firm has been involved in many of the leading public broadband initiatives in the United States, including more than 70 fiber projects. Among the best known are Chattanooga, Tennessee (America’s first Internet service provider to offer gigabit connectivity citywide); Lafayette, Louisiana (admired throughout the international fiber community); OneCommunity, Ohio (a key driver of the revitalization of NE Ohio); and Riverside, California (named the world’s most Intelligent Community of the Year 2012). The Firm also served as a consultant to Google in its Fiber for Communities initiative and participated in several Gig-U projects. For other representative engagements, please see Also, please see the Testimonials section below to see what our clients and colleagues say about us. 

* The firm was previously known as the Baller Herbst Law Group, PC, and Baller Herbst Stokes & Lide, PC.