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TLF Releases new Small Wireless Facilities Supplemental Application

Big news: TLF has released v. 1.03 of our new Small Wireless Facilities (“SWF”) Supplemental Application form. This form is available for free to any local government that would like to get a handle on how to better process the deluge of SWF applications hitting right now, and for effectively comply with the (crazy) new . . . → Read More: TLF Releases new Small Wireless Facilities Supplemental Application

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House and Senate to FCC: Did the Commission REALLY…

Yesterday (1/30/19) Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) wrote to FCC Chairman Pai asking for information regarding allegations that FCC staff tried to game the federal judicial system in connection with the current litigation over the Commission’s 5G orders.

The letter opens with the following:

Dear Chairman Pai,

As you know, reports have . . . → Read More: House and Senate to FCC: Did the Commission REALLY…

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Is it Really a Small Wireless Facility?

Yesterday was January 14, 2019, the day that the bulk of the FCC’s Small Wireless Facility (SWF) rules went into effect. Here’s a short video about information you’ll need to know if the applicant is REALLY proposing a SWF! It’s just a tad over 4 minutes in length.

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HUGE! 10th Cir Denies Stay in FCC Case then Xfers to 9th Cir.

In the ongoing sage of local governments trying to bring sense back to cell siting after the FCC’s industry-driven September Small Wireless Facilities Order, the 10th Circuit today ORDERED that (a) it would not issue a stay of the FCC’s order, but then (b) ORDERED the case to be transferred to the 9th Circuit!

This . . . → Read More: HUGE! 10th Cir Denies Stay in FCC Case then Xfers to 9th Cir.

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NOKIA’s Phil Twist: “Choose the red pill.”

RCR wireless has an interesting and quite telling post out today (11/30/2018) quoting Mr. Phil Twist, VP of Network Marketing for Nokia. Speaking at an event titled, “The Great Telco Debate” in London,

Channeling the original Matrix movie blue pill/red pill scene, Mr. Twist is reported to have said that “[t]he US operators have taken . . . → Read More: NOKIA’s Phil Twist: “Choose the red pill.”

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Can. You. Throttle. Me. Now?

By now you’ve probably read published stories or seen the news videos about Verizon Wireless throttling (throttle) data rates of firefighter phones in California. See, for example, this Ars Technica article.

Some call this a net neutrality issue. I don’t see it that way.

I see this as a public safety issue, and ripe for . . . → Read More: Can. You. Throttle. Me. Now?

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Coronado, California Adopts New Wireless Ordinance

Last night, August 21, 2018, the City of Coronado, California adopted a new wireless ordinance. In fact, it was their first wireless ordinance, and it focuses on 5G and beyond.

During the hearing, I presented a short PowerPoint presentation on 5G and why the wireless industry moves in seemingly mysterious ways.

If you’d like to . . . → Read More: Coronado, California Adopts New Wireless Ordinance

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The Wireless Sky is Falling!

The Wireless Sky is Falling! The Wireless Sky is Falling…

Yes, the wireless sky is falling according to various firms who want landlords to hire them to sell their Sprint leases. Our landlords are receiving letters and emails from various firms wanting to buy Sprint leases, with justifications such as:

‘Once the T-Mobile-Sprint deal . . . → Read More: The Wireless Sky is Falling!

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Most Favored Wireless Lessee Clause?

One of the big wireless carriers has added an interesting new ‘standard provision’ in its lease template. It’s a clause that makes that particular lessee the ‘most favored lessee’ over the decades-long life of the agreement.

Some of you will recognize this type of contract provision as a Most Favored Nation (“MFN”) clause.

In the . . . → Read More: Most Favored Wireless Lessee Clause?

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Sprint Uses My Photo of Mobilitie to Promote Small Cells

I guess Sprint really, really likes my cell site photo collection, and photos I use in my lectures. So much, in fact, that they they included one of my annotated photos of a Mobilitie ‘pox-on-a-pole’ site in Los Angeles as a presentation tool in an Ex Parte meeting with 9 staff members at the FCC . . . → Read More: Sprint Uses My Photo of Mobilitie to Promote Small Cells