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Jonathan E. Canis

Jonathan Canis, Partner at Arent Fox LLP
Jonathan E. Canis
Washington, DC

Jonathan Canis is a partner in the firm’s Communications and Energy practices, where he represents voice, data, and Internet service companies, mobile service providers, renewable energy companies, and Native American Tribes. Jon’s practice includes:

  • Advising new telecom, renewable energy, and technology startups on their business plans, access to sources of federal and state grants and subsidies, and Foundation and private equity funding.
  • Determining which federal and state regulations apply to clients and then advising them on optimal corporate structure and product strategy to minimize the burden of federal and state regulations, taxes, and fees.
  • Obtaining regulatory authority from federal, state, and local regulators for communications and energy companies during all aspects of the corporate life cycle, from entry into new markets, through issuance of debt or equity and transfers of control, to bankruptcy and termination of service.
  • Representing clients before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the federal Universal Service Administrative Company, the Department of Energy, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the US Rural Utilities Service, the Department of Justice, over a dozen federal and appellate courts, and more than 30 state regulatory commissions.
  • Jon is a specialist in regulatory ratemaking and interconnection issues, and has successfully represented clients in over 100 tariff dispute proceedings and rate cases before the FCC, FERC, and state regulatory commissions.

Jon’s representative experience includes:

  • June 14, 2013: Along with the leaders of six Sioux Tribes and project sponsors, was recognized by President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative Conference for work in initiating a $Billion+, Gigawatt+ wind power installation owned by the Tribes.
  • 2011 to present: Advising seven South Dakota Sioux Tribes regarding the formation, funding, and implementation of one of the country’s largest utility-grade wind power installation across their Reservations.
  • 2009 to present: Representing the Oglala Sioux Tribe in telecommunications matters before the FCC, federal, and Tribal courts.
  • 2007 to present: Representing numerous rural telephone companies in federal court and appellate litigation and related FCC and state regulatory commission proceedings regarding tariff and rate disputes.
  • 2002 to present: Advising a variety of voice-over-Internet-protocol (VoIP) service providers, including the first generation of all-IP-based telephone companies, SIP-based hosted IP-PBX providers, and providers of Internet backbone and data center services.

Previous Work

Jon started his career in 1984 as a Staff Attorney at the Federal Communications Commission, and has been in private practice in Washington, DC, since 1987. Prior to joining Arent Fox in 2009, he was a partner in the Washington office of an AmLaw 100 law firm.

Publications, Presentations and Recognitions

Jon is a regular presenter at various industry trade association conferences and a contributing editor for numerous industry publications.


Blog Posts by Jonathan E. Canis

Agency & Legislative Policy Advocacy, Licensing & Regulatory Compliance, Telecommunications & Technology Agreements
FCC Sets Deadlines and Procedures for Filing Annual Access Tariffs by Incumbent Carriers

On March 25, 2014, the Pricing Policy Division of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau issued an Order that outlines the deadlines and procedures for price-cap and rate-of-return incumbent carriers (ILECs) subject to §§61.382 and 61.393 of the FCC’s Rules for filing their 2014 annual access charge tariffs and Tariff Review Plans (TRPs). Tariffs will go into effect July 1, 2014.

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Arent Fox LLP, founded in 1942, is internationally recognized in core practice areas where business and government intersect. With more than 350 lawyers, the firm provides strategic legal counsel and multidisciplinary solutions to clients that range from Fortune 500 corporations to trade associations. The firm has offices in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.