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Did Sprint and Mobilitie Conspire to Bypass Zoning Laws?

Lydia Beyoud of Event-Driven.com 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?

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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

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California SB 649: The Big Lie About Small Cells

The wireless industry’s push to bamboozle California Senate lawmakers through the ill conceived, horribly-written, and loophole ridden SB 649 requires they constantly repeat a critical big lie: That they are only dealing with “small cells” … small … can’t be large because they’re calling them ‘small.’

It’s perfect and perfectly misleading framing. Call something by . . . → Read More: California SB 649: The Big Lie About Small Cells

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Don Rickles Was a Fraud

The late Don Rickles was simply a big fraud. I know this from first-hand experience having personally met him at his Malibu home in 1979.

At that time, I was the System Engineer for Warner Cable in Malibu. I was in charge of all technical operations for the cable system serving Malibu.

I clearly remember . . . → Read More: Don Rickles Was a Fraud

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New “833” Toll Free Numbers Start 4/22/17

The latest toll free number prefix, 833 goes live on April 22, 2017. 833 numbers will work just like 800, 888, 877, 866, 855, and 844 toll free numbers.

We use several toll free numbers to distinguish us from other telecom firms. One of our primary toll free numbers is “855-CellSite.” We also use other . . . → Read More: New “833” Toll Free Numbers Start 4/22/17

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I Am Going to be Arrested by the IRS!

Yesterday, March 2, I received a voicemail of a robocall from the “IRS” demanding I call them back about my “fraud and misconduct” on my tax returns. Gasp! I was just shocked…shocked, I tell you!

Well, being the good, law-abiding citizen of these here United States, I immediately called-back the phone number left for me . . . → Read More: I Am Going to be Arrested by the IRS!

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Birds on Blue: A Public Art Cell Site

3D birds soar in Birds on Blue

I am a sucker for the marriage of cell sites and public art, as brought to life in “Birds on Blue” in San Diego.

Birds on Blue: A public art cell site in San Diego.

This cell site, the product of a collaboration of artists Ron Pekar and Sandy McDaniel, was brought to life . . . → Read More: Birds on Blue: A Public Art Cell Site

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How a Key Mobilitie Graphic Spins a Not-so-Tall Tale

This post is part of my contribution to the ongoing public policy debate and discussions regarding the current Mobilitie build for Sprint. Mobilitie has developed the illustration shown in Figure 1, below, apparently as a way to show local governments and the public Mobilitie’s various pole configurations in at least block form. Most recently, a . . . → Read More: How a Key Mobilitie Graphic Spins a Not-so-Tall Tale

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LPTV/Translators/NAB v. FCC/Microsoft/Google

Today’s San Francisco Chronicle features an interesting story about the tension between LPTV broadcasters and TV translator operators verus an FCC push to clear some TV channels for a new national WiFi-type of service. On one side are the NAB, LPTV braocasters, and TV translators. On the other side are an odd alliance of Microsoft . . . → Read More: LPTV/Translators/NAB v. FCC/Microsoft/Google

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Congratulations to CALWA, the California Wireless Association on 10 Years

The California Wireless Association (CALWA) is celebrating its 10th anniversary. I am delighted.

As a ‘government guy’ you might ask why I care about the state’s wireless industry association. Well, as it happens, I was one of its very first members, believing then, and now, that bridges are better than gulfs. CALWA reached out . . . → Read More: Congratulations to CALWA, the California Wireless Association on 10 Years

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