Arpan A. Sura

Arpan A. Sura

Washington, D.C.

Email arpan.sura@​

Phone +1 202 637 4655

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

Arpan Sura guides telecom and tech companies through their most difficult challenges. A truly versatile advocate and counselor, Arpan's practice spans the regulatory, litigation, enforcement, and public policy spheres.

Arpan's work before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) touches the most important issues affecting the Internet: 5G deployment, competition policy, media concentration, net neutrality, broadband privacy, foreign investment, wireless infrastructure reform, numerous "spectrum wars" proceedings, the 600 MHz incentive auction, and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). He is involved in a variety of rulemaking and adversarial proceedings before the FCC and helps clients win FCC approval of major transactions. In these matters, Arpan represents wireless carriers, broadcasters, satellite operators, edge providers, media companies, trade associations, institutional investors, the transportation industry, tower companies, and IoT manufacturers.

Beyond his FCC practice, Arpan regularly provides practical, actionable guidance to leading Internet companies on broader cyber-law issues involving the Stored Communications Act, the Wiretap Act, the CLOUD Act, the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, including the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) and Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA). He also counsels clients in the areas of mobile payments, FinTech, and e-commerce, where he navigates lending, payments, privacy, and consumer protection laws to help clients bring next-generation services to market.

Arpan previously served as in-house counsel at Sprint, where he oversaw a portfolio of high-stakes litigation and enforcement matters, advised company leaders on regulatory and litigation issues, and provided thought leadership on the evolution of the legal industry. Before joining Sprint, Arpan tried cases to verdict, briefed appeals, and defended government investigations at a leading international law firm. Arpan graduated from William & Mary Law School and served on the William & Mary Law Review. He earned bachelor degrees in computer science, philosophy, and government from the University of Texas at Austin.

Awards and recognitions


Media, Technology and Telecoms: Telecoms and Broadcast (Transactional), Rising star
Legal 500 US

Education and admissions


J.D., William & Mary Law School, 2009

B.A., B.S., The University of Texas at Austin, 2005


Federal Communications Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia


Representative experience

Advising numerous telecommunications and Internet companies on the new Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act (CLOUD Act).

Representing T-Mobile in spectrum-policy and competition-related matters.

Advising automobile manufacturers on novel legal issues involving “connected car” and other telematics-related technologies.

Advising HC2 Broadcasting Inc. in dozens of complex M&A transactions involving full power and low power television stations, including its acquisitions of DTV America and Azteca America.

Representing tower and other siting companies in disputes involving the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA).

Representing telecommunications and media companies in FCC and FTC investigations and enforcement proceedings.

Representing the Competitive Carriers Association in its opposition to Sinclair Broadcasting’s proposed US$3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media.

Representing stakeholders across industry sectors in numerous FCC rulemaking proceedings to reform the TCPA.

Representing the Association of American Railroads in the FCC’s rulemaking proceeding to streamline the deployment of wireless infrastructure.

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