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Rarer than the Loch Ness Monster: the Mono-Scaffold Wireless Tower!

The elusive and never-before photographed Mono-Scaffold wireless tower. Click to enlarge.

It is rare that I have the privilege of capturing a never-before documented wireless tower design. Yet fate has chosen to grace me by allowing me to find, in the wild, this most elusive of wireless tower designs…

…the Mono-Scaffold!

While hereto-now only . . . → Read More: Rarer than the Loch Ness Monster: the Mono-Scaffold Wireless Tower!

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AT&T’s “Uniform Wireless Communications Infrasturcture Act” in Missouri

Missouri Coat of Arms

Salus AT&T suprema lex esto

The latest attempt by the wireless industry, and specifically AT&T, to bypass any rational zoning process, is in Missouri.

House Bill 331, “[t]o repeal sections 67.1830, 67.1836, 67.1838, 67.1842, 392.415, 392.420, and 392.461, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof twenty-two new sections relating to . . . → Read More: AT&T’s “Uniform Wireless Communications Infrasturcture Act” in Missouri

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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds FCC Shot Clock

Just released this morning is the U.S. Supreme Court decision that, on a 6-3 vote, upholds the FCC Shot Clock.

The decision is linked below.

“SCALIA, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which THOMAS, GINSBURG, SOTOMAYOR, and KAGAN, JJ., joined. BREYER, J., filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment. . . . → Read More: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds FCC Shot Clock

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Assembly Bill 162 in a Cocoon for 2013. Now what?

AB 162 will try to re-emerge in January 2014. Let’s take the time now to continue to educate our electeds.

Now that Assembly Bill 162 has been removed from California’s legislative agenda for 2013, it’s vital that we remember that the Bill is not dead; it is merely awaiting a rebirth in some form . . . → Read More: Assembly Bill 162 in a Cocoon for 2013. Now what?

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Assembly Bill 162 Pulled – Will Not Come Back Until At Least 2014

Hot news just in: AB 162 has been pulled from this year’s legislative calender.

This means that the Bill will not come up for consideration until at least next January.

Many people; many local associations; and many local governments have been instrumental in achieving this result, and they all deserve thanks.

This, however, is not . . . → Read More: Assembly Bill 162 Pulled – Will Not Come Back Until At Least 2014

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Assembly Bill 162 Wireless Bill Amended – Analysis

Assembly Bill 162, The Wireless Collocation Bill, Amended by its Author –

BILL IS NOW FAR WORSE FOR THE PUBLIC AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

[Updated 4/24/13 7:28 p.m. – Added link to PDF version of this analysis. See link at bottom of this page]

As a reminder, on March 21, 2013, Assembly Bill . . . → Read More: Assembly Bill 162 Wireless Bill Amended – Analysis

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Urgent: California 6409(a)/Shot Clock Law Floated in Sacramento

California Assembly Bill 162

California Assembly Bill 162

[Updated March 28, 2013] [Updated March 24, 2013] [Updated March 23, 2013] [Original March 22, 2013]

[Update/Heads-Up: I’ve received a copy of Assembly Member Holden’s Fact Sheet on AB 162, which has been christened the “Broadband Expansion Act.” I’ve rechristened it the “Wireless Industry Gift and Public Exclusion Act of . . . → Read More: Urgent: California 6409(a)/Shot Clock Law Floated in Sacramento

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Must Cities Administratively Approve 6409(a) Projects? Nope.

Section 6409(a) of the Middle Class Tax Relief Act

I recently received a phone call from a very senior government rep of a very large wireless carrier. The carrier’s rep called to share his displeasure that the city I frequently work with would not administratively grant approval of what he determined to be subject to Section 6409(a) of the Middle Class Tax Relief Act . . . → Read More: Must Cities Administratively Approve 6409(a) Projects? Nope.

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FCC Offers “Guidance” on Sec. 6409(a)

Yesterday, January 25th, the FCC released a public notice titled, “WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU OFFERS GUIDANCE ON INTERPRETATION OF SECTION 6409(a) OF THE MIDDLE CLASS TAX RELIEF AND JOB CREATION ACT OF 2012” (DA 12-2047).

As an aside, I note that the Commission did not consult with its own Intergovernmental Advisory Committee, much less advise them . . . → Read More: FCC Offers “Guidance” on Sec. 6409(a)

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Forget the Cell Site Lease Buyout – Buy The Whole Property

In an interesting twist on a wireless site lease buyout, Global Signal (a unit of Crown Castle) has not only bought out an existing cell site lease in Fort Myers, Florida…it bought the entire underlying property and the existing commercial office building as well.

Crown Castle paid $1,000,000 for a property recently assessed to be . . . → Read More: Forget the Cell Site Lease Buyout – Buy The Whole Property