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Trey Hanbury

Washington, D.C.

Trey Hanbury

Trey Hanbury has a wealth of experience working for the private and public sectors on a variety of communications policy issues, including wireless, spectrum, satellite, and international telecom matters. Companies operating in the telecommunications sector face increasing competition and an ever-changing regulatory environment. Trey brings both legal expertise and an in-depth understanding of the sector.

With more than 20 years in the field, Trey has worked closely with equipment manufacturers, infrastructure companies, and service providers across all platforms as well as with regulators, government bodies, and investors in the sector.

Trey advises clients on a broad range of matters, including spectrum auctions, licensing, and allocation; mergers and acquisitions; regulatory compliance and harmful interference; procurement; and competition policy. He assists clients with obtaining regulatory authorizations and addressing regulatory issues in relation to the introduction of new products and services. He also advises on licensing issues arising from commercial transactions, rule changes, and regulatory investigations.

Trey came to Hogan Lovells from Sprint, where he served as Director of Government Affairs. In this position, Trey acted as regulatory counsel in major rulemaking proceedings, mergers and acquisitions, and cases before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the Department of Commerce, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, Congress, and federal courts.

At Sprint, Trey was recognized with the company's Leadership Excellence award, the highest level of corporate recognition for directors, vice presidents, and senior executives. Prior to working for Sprint, Trey held various policymaking positions at the FCC, including working on numerous satellite and international telecom matters in the International Bureau. He also served as Special Counsel in the Office of General Counsel, where he was responsible for providing policy and legal advice to the Office of Chairman on wireless issues. He previously worked at a nationally recognized communications law firm, where he focused on wireless, satellite, and broadcast issues.

"'Strong advocate' Trey Hanbury, who 'responds quickly and thoughtfully,' is representing T-Mobile in the FCC's 600MHz incentive auction, successfully persuading the Commission to reserve low-frequency bands for smaller carriers."

Legal 500 US 2017

Representative experience

Negotiate substantial communications transactions and secure regulatory approval from the FCC, DOJ and other regulatory agencies.

Represent potential bidders in all phases of FCC spectrum auction process from rulemaking to application to post-auction licensing.

Advance competition and regulatory policy arguments before FCC, DOJ, and Capitol Hill for wireless and wireline telecommunications carriers.

Provide regulatory support to service providers seeking to help construct, operate, or maintain the FirstNet public safety broadband network.

Develop FCC rules and policies to allow over-the-top providers to secure access to programming fewer regulatory restrictions.

Assist clients in understanding and preparing for the 600 MHz broadcast incentive auction and support appellate review of incentive auction process.

Secure regulatory approval for novel radio frequency operations domestically and internationally, including nanosatellites and experimental operations.

Negotiate cross-border agreements, including agreements to support novel wireless deployments that extend across national boundaries.

Supported numerous spectrum-auction applicants in all phases of the spectrum-acquisition process, including auction participation, mergers and acquisitions, and secondary-market transactions.

Provided policy counsel to over-the-top service providers and new entrants seeking to enhance competition in the market.

Developed competition policy arguments and supported large, complex acquisitions before the Federal Communications Commission, the Department of Justice, and Capitol Hill.

Successfully led a coalition of wireless carriers, trade associations, and public interest groups to improve competitive bidding rules for wireless broadband spectrum.

Represented companies and trade associations in the design and implementation of the first-ever incentive auction for broadband spectrum.

Advised global service providers and equipment manufacturers on the telecommunications requirements that apply across a wide range of jurisdictions.

Secured experimental licenses and authorizations for novel wireless communications service providers, including nanosatellite operators and terrestrial high-frequency service providers.

Supported a variety of public safety initiatives with the First Responder Network Authority and other public safety organizations.

Helped negotiate and implement cross-border interference arrangements with Canada and Mexico in the 220 MHz band.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1996
  • B.A., with high distinction, University of Virginia, 1992

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia


Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite (District of Columbia), Recognised Practitioner

Chambers USA

2013-2014, 2016-2017

Media, Technology, and Telecoms: Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory

Legal 500 US

2014, 2016-2017

Media, Technology, and Telecoms: Telecoms and Broadcast: Transactional

Legal 500 US


Media, Technology, and Telecoms: Technology: Transactions

Legal 500 US

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