Seth Williams is an Associate Attorney at The CommLaw Group. His practice encompasses a diverse range of telecommunications, VoIP, broadcast & media law, privacy and data protection matters. Mr. Williams' experience includes wireline, wireless, satellite, international and domestic telecommunications and advanced communications services. He conducts comprehensive telecommunications due diligence reviews, analyses of technical and regulatory compliance for wireline and wireless carriers, and analyzing Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services for compliance with FCC and State regulations. Mr. Williams also supports the firm's Communications Media Law practice.
Mr. Williams joined Marashlian & Donahue after earning an LL.M. in communications law from Catholic University. During his time in law school and his LL.M. program, Mr. Williams completed several internships related to communications law. He interned in the Audio Division at the Federal Communications Commission, where he reviewed and replied to petitions for reconsideration and other requests from radio licensees that violated the Commission’s rules (although not indecency violations, which are handled by the Enforcement Bureau). Mr. Williams also worked as an intern for then-acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn in the fall of 2013. In the Chairwoman’s office, he researched a wide range of legal issues in support of the attorney advisors in the Chairwoman’s office, including positive train control, AM revitalization, and Universal Service Fund reform. Mr. Williams also interned at PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association, where he drafted comments filed by PCIA in support of improving deployment of wireless technology and infrastructure.
- Universal Service Fund reporting and compliance
- FCC and PUC authorizations
- FCC broadcast licensing
- State Public Utility Commission licensing & registrations
- Drafting, preparing, and filing comments before the FCC and other state and federal regulatory bodies
- State tax and regulatory fee audits
- International telecommunications compliance with FCC rules and regulatory fees, including the Limited International Revenue Exemption and Section 214 authorization
Mr. Williams earned an LL.M. in communications law from the Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law. He earned his J.D. from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana, where he served as an Articles Editor for the Federal Communications Law Journal. Mr. Williams also received his B.A. in journalism and political science from Indiana University. During his time as an undergraduate at Indiana University, Mr. Williams was an active member of the student radio station on campus, WIUX, and served as the station’s News Director his senior year.
Mr. Williams is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and is licensed to practice in Indiana, Washington D.C., and the Southern District of Indiana.
- Co-Authored, "Confusion, Uncertainty, and Fear: How the FCC’s Increased Reliance on Adjudication Is Harming Carriers, Competition, Consumers, and Investment," Federal Communications Law Journal, Volume 68, Issue 2, August 2016
- Karen Neuman & Seth Williams, FTC Report Suggests Ways to Improve Mobile Privacy Disclosures, St. Ledger-Roty Neuman & Olson LLP Privacy & Information Law Update, Feb. 2013.
- Karen Neuman & Seth Williams, Fifth Circuit Rules that Personal Cell Phone is not a ‘Facility’ Under Stored Communications Act, St. Ledger-Roty Neuman & Olson LLP Privacy & Information Law Update, Dec. 2012.
- Seth Williams, Is this the end of free radio?, Student Press Law Center Report, Aug. 2010.