Sharon M. Bertelsen

Of Counsel
Tel 202.661.7673
Fax 202.661.2299
Washington, DC
Tel 801.517.6833
Fax 801.596.6833
Salt Lake City

Sharon M. Bertelsen concentrates on communications law and routinely advises clients on compliance with Federal Communications Commission regulations. Before joining Ballard Spahr, Sharon spent 15 years serving in a number of positions at the FCC in Washington, D.C. She worked on multiple rulemaking, enforcement, and licensing proceedings. Her FCC experience covers a wide range of subject matters, including broadcasting, cable television, wireless, and international law.

Sharon has worked on a variety of issues involving broadcast ownership rules, transactions, broadcast and wireless licensees in bankruptcy, federal preemption, First Amendment, political programming, antenna structures, land use, spectrum allocations, customer premises equipment, closed captioning, equal employment opportunity requirements, and international agreements. She has participated in enforcement matters involving unauthorized transfers of control, unauthorized construction, unauthorized rebroadcasts, interference, rates and equal opportunities for candidates, rules applicable to noncommercial educational stations, and securities violations by communications entities. As a senior attorney in FCC management, Sharon focused on spectrum auctions, application streamlining initiatives, and the development of wireless services to compete with cable services.

She has represented the FCC on numerous occasions, coordinating with the Congress, the Department of Justice, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Elections Commission, and international organizations.

Sharon has represented communications service providers, including cable operators, wireless telecommunications providers, competitive local exchange carriers, providers of public safety communications, information service providers, and broadcasters in transactions, rulemaking proceedings, legislative initiatives, and other matters. She has also represented real estate developers, municipalities, financial services providers, health care providers, equipment manufacturers, and other clients on communications-related matters. Sharon assists with legal requirements involving Voice-over Internet Protocol service as well.

Sharon has drafted communications site license and lease agreements, service agreements, franchise agreements, pole attachment agreements, and privacy policies. In addition to representing clients before the FCC, she has represented clients before the Public Service Commission of Utah and the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a coalition before a municipality on proposed right-of-way requirements
  • Reviewed telecommunications service agreements
  • Participated in a rulemaking proceeding on pole-attachment requirements
  • Negotiated a contract for conversion of an overhead to an underground transmission line
  • Represented a company seeking eligible telecommunications carrier status

Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D. 1987)

Michigan State University (B.A. 1980)

District of Columbia