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Katherine Barker Marshall

Katherine Marshall, Senior Attorney at Arent Fox LLP
Katherine Barker Marshall
Senior Attorney
Washington, DC

Katherine Barker Marshall is an associate in the Communications, Technology & Mobile practice group. Katherine advises various types of clients including wireless carriers, wireline carriers, including carriers’ carriers, and VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) providers on state and federal regulatory issues.

Katherine regularly counsels clients in matters relating to mergers and acquisitions, certification, tariffing, universal service, E911, numbering, privacy, billing, regulatory compliance, and complaints. Katherine also represents international carriers seeking to operate within the US before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other executive agencies, and has obtained clearance for these carriers to commence their US operations. She has appeared in proceedings before all fifty state utility commissions and the District of Columbia on behalf of competitive wireline carriers as well as wireless carriers.

She also drafts and negotiates telecommunications agreements, including interconnection agreements. She has negotiated a number of consent decrees with the FCC, and regularly represents clients before the FCC. Additionally, Katherine has conducted a number of regulatory compliance audits for carriers.

Katherine also advises non-carrier clients regarding various telecommunications issues, including private wireless licensing for industrial use and E911 issues.

Previous Work

Prior to joining Arent Fox, Katherine was a regulatory associate at a large regional law firm and represented clients before the public utilities commissions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the FCC on a wide range of regulatory issues, and assisted in various telecommunications related litigation.

Professional Activities

Katherine is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association.

Life Beyond the Law

Katherine is an avid baseball fan and occasional golfer.


Blog Posts by Katherine Barker Marshall

Deadlines and Headlines
Reminder: April 1st Filing Deadlines for FCC Form 499-A and Accessibility Recordkeeping Certificates

Companies that provide telecommunications and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service are reminded that FCC Form 499-A is due Friday, April 1, 2016. FCC Form 499-A reports annual revenue to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), as well as other fund administrators. This form must be filed by all interstate telecommunications carriers, interconnected VoIP providers, providers of interstate telecommunications that offer service for a fee on a non-common carrier basis (including stand-alone audio bridging companies), and payphone providers that are aggregators.
In addition, non-interconnected VoIP providers are required to file this form for the assessment of fees to support the Telecommunications Relay System (TRS).

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Deadlines and Headlines, Telecommunications & Technology Agreements
Annual CPNI Certificates Due March 1, 2016

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a Public Notice on February 5, 2016, reminding telecommunications companies that the deadline for filing annual certificates of compliance with the Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) rules is Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The FCC includes the following types of providers in its non-exhaustive list of filers: telecommunications carriers, interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers, commercial mobile radio providers (CMRS), interexchange carriers, prepaid calling card providers, resellers, and calling card providers.
Certificates must contain an officer’s signature attesting that he or she has personal knowledge that the company has established procedures to protect CPNI, as well as a description of those procedures. Further, the company must describe any actions taken against data brokers in 2015, as well as any customer complaints received regarding CPNI.

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Licensing & Regulatory Compliance
REMINDER — FCC Annual Regulatory Fees Due Thursday, September 24, 2015

The FCC Annual Regulatory Fees are due Thursday, September 24, 2015. All FCC licensees, with some very limited exceptions, must pay this fee. In addition, for the first time, the FCC is requiring that US Responsible Organizations (RespOrgs) that provision toll-free numbers pay the FCC’s Annual Regulatory Fees. Non-US RespOrgs (e.g. Canadian RespOrgs) are not required to pay the FCC’s Annual Regulatory Fees.
Payments must be received by the FCC by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on that day or be subject to a mandatory 25 percent late payment fee. All Interstate Telecommunications Service Providers (ITSPs), other FCC licensees, and RespOrgs must log into the Commission’s Fee Filer System in order to review their invoices. No paper bills will be sent. Further, the FCC will only accept payment of the Annual Regulatory Fee electronically.

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