New Book from K&L Gates and NERA Economic Consulting Examines Cutting-Edge Issues in Telecommunications Industry

23 April 2008

San Francisco, CA and Washington, DC/23 April 2008 -- Are regulatory authorities around the world failing to adapt to evolving technologies and emerging competitors? What's next for Web-based video distribution, and what are the critical legal and regulatory issues that may determine its ultimate commercial success? How are governmental authorities in the US looking at the national security implications of foreign investment in domestic telecommunications networks?

The telecommunications industry never stands still, and those industry participants who wish to stay on top of the latest developments can find answers to these questions and much more in a new book from K&L Gates and NERA Economic Consulting.

Co-edited by NERA Vice President Christian M. Dippon and K&L Gates Partner Martin L. Stern, the K&L Gates-NERA Global Telecom Review includes insights from a diverse range of legal, economic, and industry professionals from markets around the globe. These chapters offer thoughtful and practical approaches to some of the most pressing litigation, regulatory, and antitrust matters being debated in courtrooms and agencies around the world, including such topics as:

  • Video on the Net: New Reality, New Issues
  • Innovative Techniques in Cable Projects with Regulatory and Environmental Dimensions
  • Relevant Market Definition and Competition Review in a World with Intermodal Competition
  • Regulatory Approach for Next Generation Networks (NGNs)
  • Mobile Convergence in the US Market
  • Local Loop Unbundling: An Economic Cost Benefit Analysis Primer
  • Regulation under Fixed-Mobile Convergence -- Examining Recent Developments in Hong Kong


The K&L Gates-NERA Global Telecom Review is an invaluable tool for attorneys, company executives, industry leaders, economists, academics, and other industry stakeholders and participants. To learn more about the book, please visit the NERA website at or the K&L Gates website at

About K&L Gates
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP (K&L Gates) comprises approximately 1,500 lawyers in 25 offices located in North America, Europe, and Asia. Whether the subject area is distinctly regulatory, litigation, intellectual property, transactional, or increasingly an inter-disciplinary hybrid of several practice areas, K&L Gates' knowledge and experience in the telecommunications, media, and technology (TMT) sectors adds strategic value and efficiencies on which our clients depend. As former chief legal officers of companies in the TMT sectors and former government officials and staff, our lawyers have served on the front lines of TMT convergence and evolution. K&L Gates' TMT lawyers have also been recognized as leading practitioners in their fields for their roles in drafting the legislation and rules implementing the FCC's spectrum auctions and Telecommunications Act of 1996, creating from scratch many of the templates for cutting edge multi-platform content distribution transactions at the heart of TMT convergence, prosecuting sophisticated TMT related patents, litigating complex TMT cases, and paving the way for the build-out and operation of the communication networks at the heart of this revolution. By combining in-depth TMT industry experience with a full range of interdisciplinary support, K&L Gates is able to offer a strategically focused, innovative, and value-driven service to meet the needs of our clients.


About NERA

NERA Economic Consulting ( is a global firm of experts dedicated to applying economic, finance, and quantitative principles to complex business and legal challenges. For over half a century, NERA's economists have been creating strategies, studies, reports, expert testimony, and policy recommendations for government authorities and the world's leading law firms and corporations. We bring academic rigor, objectivity, and real world industry experience to bear on issues arising from competition, regulation, public policy, strategy, finance, and litigation.

NERA's clients value our ability to apply and communicate state-of-the-art approaches clearly and convincingly, our commitment to deliver unbiased findings, and our reputation for quality and independence. Our clients rely on the integrity and skills of our unparalleled team of economists and other experts backed by the resources and reliability of one of the world's largest economic consultancies. With its main office in New York City, NERA serves clients from more than 25 offices across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.