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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

Cable TV Operators

Verizon Buying Comcast? Good idea, sort of.

Rumors are circulating that Verizon is considering buying Comcast. Largely ignoring the horrible public policy and anti-competitive issues, the deal would make sense from various technology standpoints.

Consider:

Comcast runs one of the largest Wi-Fi networks in the U.S. Verizon needs Wi-Fi as a critical element of offloading traffic from its cellular/PCS/AWS networks. Cellular nodes, . . . → Read More: Verizon Buying Comcast? Good idea, sort of.

FCC

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

General

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

General

Does Spectrum (Charter) Cable Violate California Law?

Charter Cable purchased Time Warner Cable and promptly rebranded as “Spectrum.” That rebranding includes the Time Warner properties in Southern California, including where I live.

Over the last week I have had the need to have several service calls at my home that require I be present.

Imagine my surprise when I found out . . . → Read More: Does Spectrum (Charter) Cable Violate California Law?

Legal

Bloomberg BNA on the T-Mobile v. San Francisco Appellate Decision

In her article, “In T-Mobile Wireless Equipment Dispute, San Francisco Wins on Aesthetics” (September 20, 2016) reporter Bloomberg/BNA Lydia Beyoud discusses some of the key impacts of San Francisco’s appellate win in the case. I provided her with insights and several quotes. I link the decision to 5G deployment pressures which drive carriers to want . . . → Read More: Bloomberg BNA on the T-Mobile v. San Francisco Appellate Decision

Crown Castle

Who are John DuBois, Suzy DuBois, Tracy Pielemeier, Kristen Burkman, and Ginny Kelleher and why are they important?

When Crown Castle was unhappy with a decision by the City of Westfield, Indiana denying a cell site application, they sued Westfield in state court. The case is:

Crown Castle Towers 06-2 LLC v. City of Westfield, Tracy Pielemeier, Ginny Kelleheret al, Case No. 29C01-1511-MI-009308.

Of course Crown Castle sued the City of Westfield. No . . . → Read More: Who are John DuBois, Suzy DuBois, Tracy Pielemeier, Kristen Burkman, and Ginny Kelleher and why are they important?

Legal

Sometimes the Right Answer is Found in Your Gut

I was recently approached by a potential client (we call them PCs) who needed some help in connection with a wireless lease matter. We have never worked with this PC before. Talking with the PC, I got a sense that this could turn out to be the other type of PC, a problem client, the . . . → Read More: Sometimes the Right Answer is Found in Your Gut

Legal

A Cell Tower Lease Landlord Attorney’s Dangerous Tool – A Tape Measure

Over the years, my staff and I have inspected a heck of a lot of cell sites on behalf of our cell site landlord clients for lease compliance purposes, and for local governments who ask us to perform the same inspections for permit compliance purposes.

Well, it turns out that somewhere about 30% to 40% . . . → Read More: A Cell Tower Lease Landlord Attorney’s Dangerous Tool – A Tape Measure

General

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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