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First the IRS was after me…now it’s the FBI!

I must be a really bad person (well, perhaps to some wireless infrastructure companies…ahem).

First, the IRS was after me, now it’s the FBI.

Oh my…oh my…oh my!

Oddly, when I called back and told the “agent” I was recording the call all I heard was <click>!  How rude of them to hang up on me when they’re trying to arrest me.  NOT FAIR!


A Bad Day In the Making For Mobilitie

I’m fairly sure that today will not be good for fine folks at Mobilitie in Newport Beach.

I’ve had a chance to preview various local government filings in the FCC wireless/wireline broadband proceedings. Those reply comments will be uploaded later today to the FCC’s ECFS.  Mobilitie will likely raise as a ‘star’ in a number of the local government filings…not because Mobilitie is a shining example of how to do small cells properly, but rather just the opposite.  Who knows…maybe Mobilitie’s alleged involvement with Sprint’s alleged scheme to build sites without benefit of local government permits will make it into some of the comments. You never know.

What I’m looking forward to is reading how the mainstream small cell industry treats Mobilitie in their own reply comments.  I suspect that the treatment will be to distinguish Mobilitie from small cell providers of truly small cells.  It’s hard to look at a Mobilitie 120′ tall … or 70′ tall …or 35′ tall … or even their pox-on-a-pole (or Walrus) design proposal and think they are truly small compared to, for example, T-Mobile’s Ericsson strand-mounted deployment shown below (this one being located in the City of Torrance, California).

Yup.  I think the folks in Newport Beach will be none-too-pleased about how they and their deployment actions will be characterized in some of the government reply comments to be filed later today.  Maybe Mobilitie is simply misunderstood.  Then again, maybe not.

That’s my opinion.


PS: Of course, with Sprint looking to hook-up with the cable industry, the Mobilitie-created problem to mainstream small cell siting may be short-lived. That’s also my opinion.  jlk


CA SB 649 Passes Out of Assembly Local Gov Committee 6 aye, 1 nay, 2 not voting

Today SB 649 as most recently amended by the author passed out of the California Assembly Local Government Committee on a 6-1-2 vote.  If you’d like to listen to nearly 3 hours of hearings on the bill you can click below. Note that there is a few-minute-break about 30ish minutes in to the recording due to a technical glitch at the California Channel.

The next Assembly hearing is on July 12, 2017.




Published reports late today have Sprint putting aside its merger talks with T-Mobile to focus on a potentially MUCH MORE IMPORTANT deal–one with Charter and Comcast (or is it Comcast and Charter). I’ve predicted a deal like this for years.

Why is a Sprint-MSOs deal more important than a deal with T-Mobile?

As I’ve said before, cable TV MSOs are like Visa: “Everywhere you want to be.”

Sprint needs to strike a deal with the biggest MSOs to gain access to the fat backhaul offered by MSOs, the quick deployment and provisioning of small cells on cable TV strand (and inside cable TV pedestals), and to the back or front yards of millions of homes passed by the cable operators.

Who are the real losers?  Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Mobilitie.  As to the first three, they are likely to be blocked for Cable TV strand-mounting of small cells in the major markets controlled by Comcast and Spectrum.  As for Mobilitie, I believe it stands to lose the most from any Sprint-MSO deal that will invariably drive a silver stake into the heart of what I can only call a very troubling and disjointed ‘5G-but-not-really-5G’ piecemeal deployment of small cells that aren’t really all that small.

Oh, yes, Crown Castle and Extenet, as well as other fiber/builder providers will suffer from a deal like this which would cut into the heart of their fiber and node businesses in a really big way.

Not too long after Sprint inks a deal with the MSOs it can expect to cease to operate as a separate entity as the cable operators swallow Sprint whole to bring the wireless services under the sole control of the MSOs.  For the MSOs it gives them the existing Sprint network, such as it is, outside of the MSO’s footprints to offer streaming video services over Sprint’s wireless network.  This would likely follow AT&T’s deployment of offering streaming video services via wireless outside of the existing wireline U-Verse and Giga-whatever footprint.

T-Mobile should now expect to receive merger-partnering overtures from other first tier and second tier cable operators. Moreover, it can expect to slide to a solid last place with a Sprint-MSO deal.

Those of you old enough will recall that Sprint largely came out of Cox Communications’ pioneer FCC licenses. What’s old is new again, and we live in interesting times.



California SB 649: Newer Big Lies About Small Cells

When SB 649 was voted out of the California Senate on May 31, only a 3 or 4 Senators knew the contents of the Bill at that time, yet it secured passage on a 31 to 1 vote.

A couple of days ago, the drastically amended SB 649 was released back into public view in advance of its first Assembly hearing next Wednesday.  Small cells started in SB 649 at being 28 cubic feet, then went down to 21 cubic feet in the Senate, but low and behold now small cells are up to 41 cubic feet…or even larger!

The industry’s current compensation schedule for the their theft of the people’s property is still, well, a theft (or gift) of public property.

Some new small cell sites in the public right-of-ways and utility easements are proposed to be allowed WITHOUT any local government notice, review, or permits. Safety?  Not here.

All cell sites, whether in the public right-of-way, on public property, or on private property are proposed in the bill to be subject only to a non-discretionary permit process.  NO MORE PUBLIC INPUT ON ANY NEW CELL SITES IN CALIFORNIA.

There are so many more things wrong with SB 649 that it boggles the mind.  The illustration below is a good illustration of what SB 649 is to those who have become even more greedy in the last few weeks.


SB649, the “Theft of the People’s Property by the Wireless Industry” Act, Passes CA Senate

Just before 9pm tonight, the California Senate passed Senate Bill 649. The Bill now moves on to the California Assembly. The vote was 31 aye and 1 nay (Sen. Glazer was the only one voting against the Bill).

If you’d like to listen in on a tad over 13 minutes of misrepresentations and double speak, . . . → Read More: SB649, the “Theft of the People’s Property by the Wireless Industry” Act, Passes CA Senate

Where there’s smoke (at Sprint and Mobilitie)…

After reading Lydia Beyoud’s Sprint/Mobilitie article while returning from a lecture Tripp and I presented in Cleveland, something occurred to me: the common connection between smoke and fire.

Presuming the existence of the email at the source of Lydia’s article, it documents the end of an experiment to bypass some government permitting requirements to . . . → Read More: Where there’s smoke (at Sprint and Mobilitie)…

Did Sprint and Mobilitie Conspire to Bypass Zoning Laws?

Lydia Beyoud of posted an article this afternoon that alleges that Sprint and Mobilitie planned and tested a program to bypass some local zoning requirements, 1) to essentially put up some cell sites without first obtaining all required government permits, and 2) without requiring some other site prerequisites such as power and backhaul solutions.

. . . → Read More: Did Sprint and Mobilitie Conspire to Bypass Zoning Laws?

California SB 649 (‘Wireless Theft of Public Property Bill’) Reported Out of G&F Committee

This afternoon, SB 649 (the “Local Governments Give Up Their Property to Enrich Wireless Companies Act”) was heard in the California Senate Governance and Finance Committee. With amendments not seen by the public, and clearly not understood by the Committee Members, the Bill was voted unanimously approved and voted out of that Committee.

The Committee . . . → Read More: California SB 649 (‘Wireless Theft of Public Property Bill’) Reported Out of G&F Committee

Two Appearances of the 28 Cubic Foot Small Cell

Appearance 1: Last night Rebekah Rounds and I attended the Planning Commission hearing in the City of Thousand Oaks. During the public comment portion of the meeting I described SB 649 to the Commissioners. With Rebekah’s help, we demonstrated the Big Lie about Small Cells.

Here is a screen capture from the hearing:

Dr. . . . → Read More: Two Appearances of the 28 Cubic Foot Small Cell

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