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Former Mobilitie Site Owners: Beware of Estoppel Letters with Additional Terms

SBA recently acquired Mobilitie’s tower portfolio of over 2,300 tower sites.

My friend and trusted colleague, attorney Mike Ritter of Tower Seekers has sent me a copy of an interesting (and potentially disastrous) letter being sent to tower site landlords by SBA, a tower company that acquired Mobilitie’s tower sites.

SBA (or one of its . . . → Read More: Former Mobilitie Site Owners: Beware of Estoppel Letters with Additional Terms

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Municipal Cell Site Lease Transactions

A couple of years ago, John Pestle and I conducted a cell tower lease rent analysis for the International Municipal Lawyers Association. That study was valuable to show that cell site rents were all over the spectrum by location, deal points, time, and other components.

To assist my municipal attorneys and municipal consultant colleagues evaluate . . . → Read More: Municipal Cell Site Lease Transactions

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Did Sprint+Network Vision-Lightsquared = Sprint+Clearwire+Softbank?

I’ve been thinking about why Sprint has now decided to sell itself to Softbank.

It seems to me that one possible answer would be to blame Clearwire and then LightSquared.

Clearwire was to be Sprint’s first (but not last) 4G answer, but WiMax never took off. In fact, the only thing about Clearwire that took . . . → Read More: Did Sprint+Network Vision-Lightsquared = Sprint+Clearwire+Softbank?

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Jonathan Atkin on the pending T-Metro marriage

Jonathan Atkin analyzes the wireless sector for RBC Capital Markets, LLC.

Better put, Jon dissects the wireless sector, looking at the players, numbers, and technologies in multiple contexts and from multiple angles spotting nuances leading to a much deeper and more complete worldview of wireless.

I have had the pleasure of hearing Jon present at . . . → Read More: Jonathan Atkin on the pending T-Metro marriage

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T-Mobile and MetroPCS to Merge (“T-Metro”?)

[Updated: Some clever person registered T-Metro.com in May of 2012! jlk]

Merger announced today. T-Metro (my name; not theirs…yet) will be the 4th largest carrier after Sprint Nextel.

According to Fierce Wireless, the deal is structured as a recapitalization. MetroPCS will perform a reverse stock split (1 new share for every two existing shares), . . . → Read More: T-Mobile and MetroPCS to Merge (“T-Metro”?)

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Nextel kick’n ‘um on the way out…

As you may have heard, Sprint Nextel is shuttering a substantial number of its legacy Nextel iDEN tower sites. These sites are no longer necessary in light of Sprint decommissioning of the Nextel iDEN service and combining technologies through its grand Network Vision Project (for more on Network Vision, click here).

For impacted Nextel tower . . . → Read More: Nextel kick’n ‘um on the way out…

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I’ve Just Completed my LL.M Dissertation

As some of you know, I’ve been enrolled at the University of Strathclyde in its LL.M Internet and Telecommunications Law program.

After two years of coursework, and some 24 separate research papers regarding Internet and Telecom law (spanning some 45,000 words), I’ve just completed and turned in my 25th and final paper: my 42-page dissertation . . . → Read More: I’ve Just Completed my LL.M Dissertation

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9/11/01: I was in the middle of having breakfast.

On this important day, like many others, I offer my ‘where were you on 9/11?” story.

I was having a quiet breakfast when I first became aware of something quite out of the ordinary.

As I recall, the main course of my breakfast consisted of a cheddar cheese omelet. On the side were home fries . . . → Read More: 9/11/01: I was in the middle of having breakfast.

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Section 6409(b)(1): Mandatory Wireless Siting on Federal Property?

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

I’ve spent a lot of time and spilled a lot of ink writing about Section 6409(a) of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (H.R. 3630). That’s the poorly conceived and equally poorly written section addressing wireless collocations at some existing wireless sites.

This posting is not about 6409(a).

Rather, in . . . → Read More: Section 6409(b)(1): Mandatory Wireless Siting on Federal Property?

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