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New SB 649 Amendments: Lipstick On a Pig

I’ve just seen the latest set of 61 amendments to SB 649. They’ll be published tomorrow (Thursday). Most of them are word corrections. A few are substantive and make SB 649 even worse for the citizens of California. No fix to the wireless digital divide. No fix to the unfunded state mandate. No fix for . . . → Read More: New SB 649 Amendments: Lipstick On a Pig

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More Fun with the IRS Collections Department

Apparently the ‘IRS’ still wants me to pay them $4,000. Dang, I knew I should have cut back on the Starbucks and put those dollars in a piggy bank. I could have paid off the ‘debt’ in just a few weeks! Ahem. Well, here for your listening pleasure for about the next 30 minutes are . . . → Read More: More Fun with the IRS Collections Department

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SB649 Unfunded Mandate; Not Equitable: CA Dept of Finance Opposes

The California Department of Finance quietly released its analysis report last week determining that SB 649 is likely to create a million dollar unfunded mandate, fails to cure basic wireless digital divide issues; and is fails to address important issues of community aesthetics.

If this bill is enacted and a test claim is filed with . . . → Read More: SB649 Unfunded Mandate; Not Equitable: CA Dept of Finance Opposes

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Dr. Kramer Presents Local Government Opposition to SB 649 at Assembly Appropriations Committee

Dr. Jonathan Kramer

On August 23, I was the only local government representative permitted to speak at the Appropriations Committee hearing of the California Assembly in opposition to SB 649, the statewide wireless deregulation bill. The Chair allocated all of 2 minutes for opposition comments from local governments, and I was designated by the League of California Cities, . . . → Read More: Dr. Kramer Presents Local Government Opposition to SB 649 at Assembly Appropriations Committee

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A Bad Day In the Making For Mobilitie

I’m fairly sure that today will not be good for fine folks at Mobilitie in Newport Beach.

I’ve had a chance to preview various local government filings in the FCC wireless/wireline broadband proceedings. Those reply comments will be uploaded later today to the FCC’s ECFS. Mobilitie will likely raise as a ‘star’ in a number . . . → Read More: A Bad Day In the Making For Mobilitie

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CA SB 649 Passes Out of Assembly Local Gov Committee 6 aye, 1 nay, 2 not voting

Today SB 649 as most recently amended by the author passed out of the California Assembly Local Government Committee on a 6-1-2 vote. If you’d like to listen to nearly 3 hours of hearings on the bill you can click below. Note that there is a few-minute-break about 30ish minutes in to the recording due . . . → Read More: CA SB 649 Passes Out of Assembly Local Gov Committee 6 aye, 1 nay, 2 not voting

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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