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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.

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 possible level of corporate recognition for directors, vice presidents, and senior executives.

Prior to working for Sprint, Trey held various policy-making 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.

Trey received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and his B.A. in History with high distinction from the University of Virginia.

"[S]trategy and policy development in connection with FCC spectrum auctions."

Chambers 2015

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


Media, Technology, and Telecoms - Technology Transactions, 2013 - 2014; Media, Technology, and Telecoms - Regulatory, 2014

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