Mr. Clark serves as Of Counsel to Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC and its clients. Having closely tracked the trends in and mechanics of digital infrastructure for 20 years, Drew possesses a wealth of knowledge about broadband law and policy, both at the federal and state levels. As the Executive Director of Broadband Illinois, he worked with broadband providers (including fiber-based and fixed wireless/ WISPs) to navigate coverage, identify markets and tap into federal broadband programs. As an attorney in private practice, he has helped internet providers broker physical leases and fiber IRUs for their infrastructure. Equally significant is his work with internet companies enabling them to operate in the public right of way — and navigating municipal ordinances surrounding wireless facilities.
Mr. Clark has been one of country’s leading voices advocating for improved broadband mapping efforts and a rational geospatial system for collecting broadband data. At Broadband Illinois, he implemented a widely respected GIS system for collecting data from Internet Service Providers. It prompted Nathan Stooke, CEO of Wisper ISP, to comment that “Broadband Illinois mapping is the first area we look at when deploying new towers.”
Because he is intimately familiar with the headaches caused by the Federal Communications Commission’s Form 477 data collection system, he knows how to minimize the burden of the FCC’s soon-to-be-implemented Digital Opportunity Data Collection. Mr. Clark is also the President of the Rural Telecommunications Congress, the national non-profit organization that brings experts and practitioners together to advance the benefits of broadband for Rural America.
- Indefeasible Rights of Use (IRUs)
- Pole attachments, conduits and fiber huts
- Leasing wireless assets
- State CLEC / ETC / CPCN certification
- Navigating municipal rights-of-way, including ordinances surrounding wireless facilities
- Regulatory compliance with Form 477
- Broadband mapping issues
- Regulatory and telecommunications classifications