Greetings! I am Jonathan L. Kramer, Esq., J.D., LL.M., a telecommunications law attorney licensed in California and New Mexico. I head Telecom Law Firm, P.C., a four attorney law firm focused on wireless and broadband telecom matters, from site leasing to enforcement, and from ordinance development to policy creation.
I hold five FCC licenses, as well as a CSLB C7 license. I hold multiple certifications from the SCTE. I primarily advise institutions, property owners, and governments on telecommunications law and safety laws related to wireless communications, tower siting, and radio frequency (RF) safety, and broadband communications. Please visit http://TelecomLawFirm.com for much more detailed information.
Presently I am a Doctoral student in Law and Policy at Northeastern University (Boston), having completed my Masters of Law Degree (with distinction) in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law (2013) and my Juris Doctor degree, cum laude (2001).
Jonathan L. Kramer, Esq., LL.M., J.D., FSCTE, BTS, BDS, BPS, CBT
Attorney and Counselor at Law
Telecom Law Firm, P.C.
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Jonathan is KTLF's founder and principal attorney. He has over 30 years of wireless and cable television telecommunications technology engineering and management experience.
Holder of the highest-grade FCC land-based commercial and amateur radio licenses, as well as the FCC's highest grade marine radio maintainer's license, Jonathan has also been licensed as a telecommunications contractor in California for over 25 years. He's member of the State Bar of California and the United States District Court (C.D. CA), as well as the Federal Communications Bar Association and the International Municipal Lawyers Association.
Licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (General Radiotelephone Operator License PG-11-35289, with Ship Radar) (Previously licensed as a Second Class Radio Telephone Operator, Sept. 1975; First Class Radio Telephone Operator, Nov. 1977; General Radiotelephone Operator License, June 1987); GMDSS Radio Maintainer License DM00000680, with Ship Radar endorsement, May, 2008); GMDSS Radio Operator/Maintainer License DB00000530, with Ship Radar endorsement, May, 2008).
Licensed by the Federal Communications Commission as an amateur radio operator since November 1970; currently licensed as an Extra Class operator (W6JLK). Formerly licensed as an Advanced class operator; Formerly licensed as a General class operator; Formerly licensed as a Novice class operator. (KD6MR, KP6AY, WB6FDE, WN6FDE).
Former member of the Executive Board of the Public Law Section of the State Bar of California (Term: September, 2008 through August, 2011).
Book article author and review editor on amateur radio cable television RF interference matters.
Served as the advisor to the League of California Cities during the key negotiations and hearing regarding SB1627, California wireless co-location law.
Wireless technology advisor to and testifying expert before the FCC's State & Local Government Advisory Committee (LSGAC).
Co-author, editor of wireless technology advisory to local governments based on OET Bulletin 65 published by the FCC, June 2000 titled, "A Local Government Official's Guide to Transmitting Antenna RF Emission Safety: Rules, Procedures, and Practical Guidance".
Former National Board of Directors member, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA), an affiliate of the National League of Cities (previous term: 1997-2000, 1992-1994).
Former Co-chair of National Technical Standards Committee appointed by NATOA, National League of Cities, and US Conference of Mayors to develop the national RF technical standards for cable television systems adopted by the FCC in February 1992.
Witness before the FCC's State & Local Government Advisory Committee on OET 65, March 2000.
Invited witness before the FCC in Cable TV re-regulation hearings, March 1990 (Orlando, Florida).
Right of Way engineering and management expertise related to telecommunications networks and radio communications siting.
Testifying expert witness in federal and state court cases regarding cable television technology, and federal and state court cases regarding wireless technology.
Technology speaker at every NATOA National Conference 1988-2000; and 2002-2004. Technology speaker at many regional and local NATOA conferences and meetings.
Appointed Volunteer Counsel, American Radio Relay League, Southwestern Division.
Communications technology speaker at Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers conferences, and cable industry conferences Published author of book and magazine articles on communications technology, plant safety, construction and administration
Cable system engineering and technical management experience six years before forming firm; Chief Technician, Technical Manager, Regional Engineer.
Former Field Engineering Representative for Motorola Communications and Electronics, Area F Program Management team - Areas of experience include microwave radio; baseband RF and audio; digital signaling; UHF and VHF two-way radio (including high stability Simulcast® radio operations); telephony; and command and control communications.
Doctoral student at Northeastern University (Doctor of Law and Policy). Expected gradulation in 2016.
Masters of Law degree with distinction, Strathclyde University School of Law (2013).
Juris Doctor degree cum laude, Abraham Lincoln University School of Law (2001).
AS Degree in Radio Communications with honors, Los Angeles Trade Technical College (1977).
Telecom Law Firm, P.C.
Memberships and Registrations:
State Bar of California
State Bar of New Mexico
Bar of the United States District Court, Central District of California
Federal Communications Bar Association (Member)
International Municipal Lawyers Association (Member)
Martindale ISLN: 919263404
California Contractors State License Board: License C7-433113 (Class C7 - Low voltage systems)
Member, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors
Founding member and current Board of Directors Member, States of California and Nevada Chapter of NATOA (SCANNATOA.ORG)
Senior Member, Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (U.S. Society). Elected to Senior Member status April 1993; SCTE Member since 1980.
Member, SCTE (U.S.) Loyal Order of the 704; Membership limited to those with 30 years or more in cable broadband engineering field.
Member, Society of Broadcast Engineers.
Certified as a Broadband Transport Specialist (BTS) by the SCTE (U.S. Society).
Certified as a Broadband Distribution Specialist (BDS) by the SCTE (U.S. Society).
Certified as a Broadband Premises Specialist (BPS) by the SCTE (U.S. Society).
Designated a Certified Broadcast Technologist by the Society of Broadcast Engineers.
Certified by APCO Institute as a Public Safety Radio Technician (2008-2013)
Fellow of Society of Cable Telecommunication Engineers (United Kingdom society; elected 2001) (FSCTE designation)
Life Member of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).
Languages Spoken: English, Armenian, Russian, Arabic, Spanish
Licensed since 2006
Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (30 minutes), Pro Bono (10%)
Check, Credit Card
|NM||Authorized to practice law||2013||05/20/2013|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|NATOA Member of the Year||National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors||1997|
|NATOA Member of the Year||National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors||1991|
|Principal Attorney||Telecom Law Firm, P.C.||2006 - Present|
|Principal||Kramer.Firm, Inc. (and former entities)||1984 - Present|
|Regional Technical Manager||Storer Communications||1982 - 1984|
|Engineering Manager||Western Cable Services||1982 - 1982|
|System Engineer||Warner Cable||1979 - 1982|
|Field Technician - Area F Engineering||Motorola, Inc.||1976 - 1978|
|Technician||Rovofone of Los Angeles||1973 - 1974|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|New Mexico Municipal League||City Attorney Section Member||2013 - Present|
|State Bar of New Mexico||Member||2013 - Present|
|Society of Broadcast Engineers||Member||2009 - Present|
|State Bar of California, Public Law Section||Member, Executive Board||2008 - 2011|
|Federal Communications Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA)||Member||2006 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||2006 - Present|
|Society of Cable Telecommunication Engineers||Fellow Member||2004 - Present|
|National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors||Member (also Former Board Member)||1987 - Present|
|Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers||Senior Member||1980 - Present|
|T-Mobile v. Glenn View Condo Association||Settled; Dismissed with prejudice.|
|SpectraSite v. Bruno||Settled; Dismissed with prejudice|
|Ashley Furn. Ind. v. Parks||Voluntary Dismissal without Prejudice and Without Costs|
|State Bar of California Real Property Journal||What Landlords Should Know About Cell Site Leasing||2013|
|AGL Magazine||DAS All Folk||2012|
|NATOA Journal||Radio Frequency Emissions Safety - A Practical and Practice Gude||2009|
|Local Government Official's E-Guide to Communications Facilities Siting||Radio Frequency Emissions Safety - A Pracical and Practice Guide||2009|
|Public Law Journal||Would You Like To Be A Driver?||2008|
|Communications Techology||Give Me Your Bond||2007|
|National Geographic Magazine||Cell Phonies||2007|
|AGL: Above Ground Level||A Modern Game of Hide and Seek||2007|
|NATOA Journal||Picture Quality in the Digital World: A lost Science?||2007|
|NACO County News||Effective Management of a Cable TV Rebuild/Upgrade in Your Community||2004|
|Public Management Magazine||Leveling the Playing Field for Cable TV Franchise Renewals||2003|
|Federal Communications Commission||A LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL'S GUIDE TO TRANSMITTING ANTENNA RF. EMISSION SAFETY: RULES, PROCEDURES, AND PRACTICAL GUIDANCE||2000|
|University of Strathclyde School of Law||Information Technology and Telecommunications Law||LL.M (with distinction)||2013|
|Abraham Lincoln Univ||Law||Juris Doctor (cum laude)||2001|
|Los Angeles Trade Technical College||Radio Communications||AS Radio Communications (with honors)||1977|
|Section 6409(a): A Municipal Perspective||Section 6409(a) 47 U.S.C. 1455(a)||2014|
|Deployment of Wireless Facilities||Wireless Facilities Deployment Law||2014|
|Current Issues in Wireless Collocations||Wireless Site Collocations||2014|
|Wireless Everything for Government Planners||Wireless Regulation in California||2013|
|New Mexico Municipal League Attorneys Section Meeting||What’s the FCC Up to Now?||2013|
|Federal Cell Tower Zoning: A Municipal Perspective||Tower Zoning and Wireless Ordinances||2013|
|eNATOA Conference||Local Governments, Wireless Siting Practices, and the FCC||2013|
|Current Issues in Section 6409(a)||Section 6409(a) Regulations||2013|
|Current Issues in Cell Tower Leases and Lease Buyouts||Wireless Site Lease Buyouts||2013|
|CPSC S186 01||Internet and Telecommunications Law||2013|
|Cell Tower Leasing for Municipal Attorneys||Wireless Site Leasing for Governments||2013|
|AGL Regional Conference - Irvine||Local Government Regulation of Wireless Sites||2013|
|KTLF CLE Programs||Sec. 6409(a) for Local Governments||2012|
|If the Tower Doesn’t Grow, Can Municipalities Say No?||Section 6409(a) 47 U.S.C. 1455(a)||2012|
|10th Annual Telecommunications Law Conf.||Telecom Regulation||2012|
|Current Issues in WiMax, 4G and LTE Leases||Advanced Wireless Leasing||2011|
|CPSC S186 01||Internet and Telecommunications Law||2011|
|AGL Regional Conference - Denver||Is There Such A Thing As A Good Wireless Ordinance?||2011|
|NATOA Annual Conference||Wireless Facilities Siting - How to Accommodate Explosive Growth while Maintaining Neighborhood Livability||2010|
|City Attorneys Section||Wireless 101 for Municipal Attorneys||2010|
|Attorneys Section Spring Conference||Wireless Issues Update||2010|
|Wireless telecommunications law update||Current Issues in Cell Tower Regulation||2009|
|Wireless Siting Update||Wireless Cases and Legislation||2009|
|Section Education Institute||Telecom 101: What Every Practioner Should Know||2009|
|Section Education Institute||Secret Life of PDA: Ethical Considerations||2009|
|SCTE Live Learning||DTV Transition: Last Steps Before the Cut Over||2009|
|SCAN NATOA Annual Conference||Wireless Update||2009|
|National Electrical Code: Why Comply?||Outside Plant Safety||2009|
|LCC Public Works Officers||State Cable Franchise Update: State—of—the— Art or State—of—War?||2009|
|Current Issues in Wireless Site Leasing||Wireless lease issues for attorneys and owners||2009|
|CalWA Education Seminar||Current Issues in Telecom Law||2009|
|Association Meeting||Wireless Regulation Update||2009|
|State Bar of California Annual Meeting 2008||Protecting Client Confidences While Using Mobile Technology||2008|
|State Bar Annual Conference||Mobile security and ethical issues for attorneys||2008|
|SCTE Show Me Chapter||FCC Regulations Regarding Cable TV||2008|
|SCAN NATOA Annual Conference||"Surfin' Telecommunication Choices: A New World, A New Direction||2008|
|Palomar ARC Meeting||"I'm From the Government (Planning Department) and I'm Here to Help You"||2008|
|Current Issues in Cell Tower Regulation||Wireless telecommunications law update||2008|
|Cable Television Unraveled||Cable TV Law Update||2008|
|"Tower Siting: Geting to Win/Win for Localities and for Carriers"||Wireless telecommunications siting: Legal and Practical Considerations||2008|
|State Bar Annual Conference||Wild Wired (and Wireless) West||2007|
|SCAN NATOA Annual Conference||Right of Way Furniture||2007|
|Policy Conference||AT&T Project Lightspeed||2007|
|ARRL Southwest Division Conference||"I'm From the Government (Plannign Department) and I'm Here to Help You"||2007|
|PCIA Annual Conference||Wireless Case Mock Hearing (Kramer as hearing officer)||2006|
|City Attorneys Section Conference||Wireless and wired telecommunications law update||2006|
|APA National Conference||Wireless telecommunications planning||2006|
|SCAN NATOA Annual Conference||"Future of Cable Television"||2005|
|NATOA National Conference||Emerging and Competing Broadband Technology||2005|
|Florida Cable and Telecommunications Law Local Government Workshop||Cable TV and Wireless Regulation and Law Update||2005|
|California APA Conference||A Sea Change in Wireless Siting||2005|
|Association of Environmental Professionals - Orange County Chapter||Wireless Siting 101||2005|
|Power And Grounding Council Meeting||Keynote Lecture on Telecommunications Grounding||2004|
|IMLA Annual Conference||Telecommunications Safety Code Violations: A Field Guide for Attorneys||2004|
|Florida Cable and Telecommunications Law Local Government Workshop||Cable TV and Wireless Regulation and Law Update||2004|
|City Attorneys Meeting||Telecommunications Law Update||2004|
|Cable TV Conference||Cable TV Regulation: Local, State, and Federal Regulation||2004|
|APA - Regional Planning Conference||Wireless Siting Planning: A Government Perspective||2004|
|NATOA Annual Conference||Maximizing Wireless Resources||2003|
|IRWA Chapter 1 Conference||How to Get A Wireless Tower Siting Permit Application Denied!||2003|
|Florida Cable and Telecommunications Law Local Government Workshop||Cable TV and Wireless Regulation and Law Update||2003|
|International Information Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Law Conference||When Bad Things Happen to Good Cable Systems||2002|
|Early Stage Due DiligenceTechnology Considerations||Right of Way Considerations for Local Governments||2002|
|The Third Annual Conference on LOCAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE: Access and Deployment Issues||Wireless Siting: Policy Issues and Practical Solutions - A Municipal View||2001|
|NATOA 2001 Annual Conference||Hiding Cell Phone Sites In Plain Sight Now you see ‘umâ€¦now you don’t!||2001|
|NATOA Annual Conference||Cable TV Regulation||1992|
|NATOA Annual Conference||Cable TV Regulation||1991|
|NATOA Annual Conference||Cable TV Regulation||1990|
|NATOA Annual Conference||Cable TV Regulation||1989|
|NATOA Annual Conference||Cable TV Regulation||1988|