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Matt DelNero is co-chair of Covington’s Communications and Media Industry Group and co-chair of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion initiative. He rejoined Covington in January 2017 after serving as Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Mr. DelNero represents companies and investors in the telecommunications, technology and media sectors before the FCC and other state and federal agencies. A significant part of his practice involves structuring and securing regulatory approvals for media and telecommunications transactions—including mergers and acquisitions, financings, joint ventures, and other strategic transactions.

Mr. DelNero also advises clients on the full range of issues impacting telecommunications and media providers today, including:

  • Spectrum policy and auctions, including for 5G
  • Universal Service Fund (USF) programs, including the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunities Fund (RDOF)
  • Equipment authorizations for IoT and other devices
  • Broadband deployment, funding, and regulation
  • Video programming distribution and regulation
  • Foreign investment in broadcasters and telecom providers
  • Privacy and data protection
  • Advises private equity investors in structuring multi-billion dollar acquisitions of large fiber networks and other telecommunications infrastructure, and in obtaining necessary federal, state, and local regulatory approvals for these transactions.
  • Lead counsel to a coalition of national programming networks in the FCC’s proceeding to determine the future of “C-band” spectrum.
  • Represents Univision Communications Inc., the leading Hispanic media company in the U.S., in strategic, policy, and regulatory matters.
  • Serve as pro bono counsel to LGBTQ+ asylum seekers, veterans petitioning for discharge upgrades (including discharges under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and predecessor policies), and non-profit arts organizations.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA)
    • Elected Member, Executive Committee (2019-present)
    • Elected Member, Nominations Committee (2016-2018)
    • Co-Chair, Internet of Things Committee (2017-2018)
    • Co-Chair, Wireless Committee (2011-2013)
    • Co-Chair, Mass Media Committee (2010-2011)

Previous Experience

  • Federal Communications Commission, Bureau Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
  • Federal Communications Commission, Deputy Bureau Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
  • Variety, "Legal Impact Report" (2020-2021)
  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers, Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite (2012-2013; 2019)
  • Legal 500 US, Technology: Data Protection and Privacy; Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory and Transactional (2012-2013)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, "Rising Star" (2013-2014)
  • ASCAP/Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition, National First Prize (2003)