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KTLF to Conduct Sec. 6409 Teleconference on 4/5/12

Sec. 6409: A Landmark Change in Wireless Tower Siting
KTLF to Conduct Special Webinar on April 5th for California Local Governments
(California MCLE Application Filed For 1 Hour Credit)


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, who signed the Act into law. The President signed the Act into law. In 145 words, Congress has changed the process for collocations and site equipment changes, and added many new loopholes in the process. Here’s what the new law says:

Sec. 6409. WIRELESS FACILITIES DEPLOYMENT (a) FACILITY MODIFICATIONS.-
(1) IN GENERAL.- Notwithstanding section 704 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-104) or any other provision of law, a State or local government may not deny, and shall approve, any eligible facilities request for a modification of an existing wireless tower or base station that does not substantially change the physical dimensions of such tower or base station.
(2) ELIGIBLE FACILITIES REQUEST.- For purposes this subsection, the term ”eligible facilities request” means any request for modification of an existing wireless tower or base station that involves –
(A) collocation of new transmission equipment;
(B) removal of transmission equipment; or
(C) replacement of transmission equipment.
(3) APPLICABILITY OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS.- noting in paragraph (1) shall be construed to relieve the Commission from the requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act or the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.

The implications of these 145 words will be determined in cases that will queued up in various circuit courts.

Kramer Telecom Law Firm will be presenting a special 1-hour Webinar on April 5th at 10:00 a.m. PDT regarding the new law. This teleconference is open ONLY to local governments and is geared for local government attorneys. There is no charge for local governments to attend this Webinar.

While the teleconference will touch on relevant California laws, the main thrust of the teleconference will be quite useful to local government attorneys across the country.

The teleconference will review the provisions of the new law, and provide nuts-and-bolts strategies to address the challenges the new law raises. There is no limit on the number of persons at each location who can participate, but the number of locations is limited.

California MCLE Credit: An application is being filed with the State Bar of California to grant one (1) hour of general MCLE credit for this presentation.  If you wish to receive MCLE credit (if approved by the California Bar)  please be sure to provide your State Bar Number on the registration form where requested.   If more than one attorney per location seeks credit, be sure to provide all names and bar numbers on the sign-up form in the Questions and Comments section.

For information about reserving a spot for this teleconference, send us an online reservation via THIS LINK. Priority for the limited number of spots will be given in this order: (1) KTLF PC and Kramer.Firm clients; (2) SCAN & NATOA members working for governments; (3) other local governments.

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