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FCC Shot Clock Affirmed by 5th Circuit

Yesterday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals denied the FCC Shot Clock appeal promoted by the City of Arlington, Texas and the City of San Antonio, Texas. For the foreseeable future, the Shot Clock will remain with us. Here is the decision: CITY OF ARLINGTON, TEXAS; CITY OF SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS v. FCC.

Although the . . . → Read More: FCC Shot Clock Affirmed by 5th Circuit

AT&T Wireless

AT&T&T Likely to Have to Divest Portions of Networks

Reuters is reporting that AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson believes that his company will have to divest portions of its existing wireless network to secure federal permissions to acquire T-Mobile. Stephenson’s comments were made in New York at a Council on Foreign Relations event held on March 30, 2011

My suspicion is that T-Mobile will be . . . → Read More: AT&T&T Likely to Have to Divest Portions of Networks

AT&T Wireless

AT&T&T?

It’s no surprise that T-Mobile will soon cease to exist in the U.S. What is a surprise is that AT&T is claiming the prize, rather than the widely-rumored suitor, Sprint/Nextel.

What is more of a surprise is that T-Mobile lasted so long before giving up the ship. T-Mobile has always played a game of the . . . → Read More: AT&T&T?

FCC

US Cellular v. Albion,ME: FCC Shot Clock Case

In what I suspect is one of the first FCC shot clock cases to be filed, now comes US Cellular v. Town of Albion, Maine.

In its amended complaint (which I have attached to this posting, below) US Cellular asserts that:

34. The Town’s failure to act on the Application “within a reasonable period of . . . → Read More: US Cellular v. Albion,ME: FCC Shot Clock Case

FCC

The FCC’s Shot Clock…Now a Game of Chicken

The FCC’s Shot Clock for siting decisions in wireless cases is turning out to be the bad idea that most governments expected it would be. Right now we’re seeing the first round of “Chicken” … The carriers are starting to demand siting decisions on cases because the Shot Clock rule entitles them to sue . . . → Read More: The FCC’s Shot Clock…Now a Game of Chicken

FCC

Anti-RF Boogie Rap

We all know that some members of the public view radio frequency emissions to be unsafe, and they lobby against wireless projects based on their fears of RF. Yet those who have studied the broadly accepted scientific research, and understand how the FCC set the current national standards, recognize that non-ionizing emissions from cell towers . . . → Read More: Anti-RF Boogie Rap

FCC

Major New RF Safety Practice Guide

The Public Law Journal of the State Bar of California has published Jonathan’s Kramer paper, “A Practical Guide to Radio Frequency Emissions Safety.” The article appears in the Summer 2009 edition (Vol. 32, No. 3).

This guide discusses how local government agencies can properly and effectively deal with RF safety issues that come up in . . . → Read More: Major New RF Safety Practice Guide

FCC

US Court of Appeals – No decision on FCC’s emergency power rules

On July 8, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit declined to act on the CTIA’s request to block the FCC rules on emergency power of telecom sites (including cell sites).

From the order:

RANDOLPH, Circuit Judge: Hurricane Katrina exposed several weaknesses in the Gulf Coast’s communications infrastructure, among which was the loss of . . . → Read More: US Court of Appeals – No decision on FCC’s emergency power rules

FCC

Birds/NEPA 1, FCC/CTIA 0

Today, the Federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed an FCC order regarding tower siting as being in violation of the proper NEPA standard.

The case caption and introduction are below, followed by a PDF of the decision.

No. 06-1165 AMERICAN BIRD CONSERVANCY, INC. AND FOREST CONSERVATION COUNCIL, PETITIONERS v. FEDERAL . . . → Read More: Birds/NEPA 1, FCC/CTIA 0