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Stephen Garcia is Getting Better

I’m very happy to report that Stephen Garcia of Crown Castle in doing much, much better after surgery. This week I heard from one of his coworkers that his recovery is continuing and gaining speed. I could not be more delighted by this good news.

After my earlier posting, I had the joy of speaking . . . → Read More: Stephen Garcia is Getting Better

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Get Well Stephen Garcia!

All of us at Telecom Law Firm wish a speedy and complete recovery to our friend, colleague, and always friendly opposition, Stephen Garcia, Senior Manager of Government Relations at Crown Castle.

-Jonathan,

California Utility Pole Authority

Let the California Utility Pole Authority Games Begin

Let the games begin. The “California Utility Pole Authority” (the alter-ego DBA of Mobilitie”) is showing plans with their DBA in big loud letters. Here’s an example:

“California Utility Pole Authority” Project Cover Page

I obtained this public record document from a local government in California and redacted the site-specific identifiable information, including the . . . → Read More: Let the California Utility Pole Authority Games Begin

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Rome (Maine) Conquers Global Tower Assets

GLOBAL TOWER ASSETS, LLC sued the Town of Rome, Maine and its Planning Board for a denial of a cell site project.

Unfortunately for Global Tower, it sued after receiving the Planning Board’s denial. It did not take an appeal to the Town. The District Court hearing the case “held that the Planning Board’s denial . . . → Read More: Rome (Maine) Conquers Global Tower Assets

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Cell Site Question: How Much is an Acre of Land Worth in the U.S.?

My mentor and colleague, John Pestle of the Varnum, LLP and I teach online lectures about wireless leasing matters. We have taught these wireless leasing

John Pestle, Esq. of the Varnum, LLP.

lectures for many years. Our lectures, taught through Lorman Education Services and the International Municipal Lawyers Association focus on key things a . . . → Read More: Cell Site Question: How Much is an Acre of Land Worth in the U.S.?

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T-Mobile’s CellSpot: You Cover What They Can’t

I’m simply amazed by the press coverage T-Mobile is getting from the announcement that it will offer free 3G/4G/4G-LTE hot spots. As their Fact Sheet says, “the 4G LTE CellSpot ensures customers with a limited signal will now have strong, dependable voice and data coverage in their home or small business.”

“Here Spot!” “Heeeeer . . . → Read More: T-Mobile’s CellSpot: You Cover What They Can’t

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Wireless Lease Negotiations: Privileges, Not Rights

My law firm professionals and I have negotiated hundreds of leases, lease modifications, agreements, ordinances, etc. over the years. We repeated hear the wireless carriers talk about the ‘rights’ they must have.

Nope. That’s not how it works for the savvy landlord.

We advise clients (and just about anyone else who will listen) that the . . . → Read More: Wireless Lease Negotiations: Privileges, Not Rights

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Cell Co. to Potential Landlord: Use an Attorney and You’ll Regret It.

I’m simply amazed by many of the tactics used by wireless carrier agents (and therefore condoned by the carrier masters).

Most recently, carrier agents for several big wireless carriers have starting telling potential cell site landlords that if those potential landlords retain the services of outside counsel to help negotiate the lease, there will be . . . → Read More: Cell Co. to Potential Landlord: Use an Attorney and You’ll Regret It.

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Sean Scully Comes Back to the Government Side

Sean Scully, late of the wireless industry and the California Wireless Association, rejoins the local government side of planning. . . . → Read More: Sean Scully Comes Back to the Government Side

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AT&T popping new large DAS sites

I’ll finish this point on August 17. Stay tuned!

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