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PCIA says Sec. 6409 worth “hundreds of millions of dollars”

Let me start by saying that I personally like and respect Mike Fitch, who is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association. I’ve had the pleasure of sitting next to him several times on panels at wireless and government conferences. Mike is a smart guy, well spoken, and . . . → Read More: PCIA says Sec. 6409 worth “hundreds of millions of dollars”

American Tower

TriStar Investors (a.k.a. “David”) v. American Tower (a.k.a. “Goliath”)

The Northern District of Texas is the home of a significant wireless law suit just filed, and one which will be of keen interest nationwide to both industry members, and to wireless site landlords. Heck, this case will fascinate the likes of Unison, Wireless Capital Partners, Communications Capital Group, Landmark, and the others who (like . . . → Read More: TriStar Investors (a.k.a. “David”) v. American Tower (a.k.a. “Goliath”)

General

Congress Gifts Wireless Industry with By-Right Collocation…Or Does It?

On February 17, 2012, Congress passed the “Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012” (the “Act”) and sent it on to President Obama for his signature. It seems likely that the President will sign the Act.

The California Wireless Association said about the Act in an email bulletin to its members (of . . . → Read More: Congress Gifts Wireless Industry with By-Right Collocation…Or Does It?

Clearwire

As LightSquared Fades, What of Sprint?

As you likely know, the NTIA’s Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, Lawrence E. Strickling gave LightSquared a big, fat, wet Valentine’s day kiss when he wrote to FCC Chairman Genachowski saying, “…we conclude that LightSquared’s proposed mobile broadband network will impact GPS services and that there is no practical way to mitigate the potential . . . → Read More: As LightSquared Fades, What of Sprint?

Legal

Wireless Industry Trying Again to Force Unregulated Collocation

You might think that the Payroll Tax Bill being hashed out in the Conference Committee would deal with, well, payroll taxes. Alas, you’d be wrong.

The wireless industry is trying very hard to insert language into the final version of the Bill that would strip state and local governments of the ability to control modifications . . . → Read More: Wireless Industry Trying Again to Force Unregulated Collocation

General

Helos Over Westwood (Off Topic)

Los Angeles is the home of many, many news helicopters. This morning looking out of my office window, I saw five of them hovering over one of the LAPD choppers, which was, in turn, orbiting above a suspect on the roof of a home in Westwood.

In the photos, below, the new choppers are indicated . . . → Read More: Helos Over Westwood (Off Topic)

Cable TV Operators

Is Tower Building a Dirty Job?

Apparently, tower building is a Dirty Job, according to Mike Rowe of Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs.” I happen to love the show, and I love towers, so what’s not to love about this?

The February 7th show has Mike joining the Great Plains Towers crew as they build a new stick. No doubt this . . . → Read More: Is Tower Building a Dirty Job?