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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

Leases

Want to Sell Your Cell Site Lease? Read the Fine Print!

Want to Sell your Cell Site Lease?

Our law firm helps landlords monetize (read: sell) their cell tower or cell site lease. It’s a very specialized area of land-use and technology law. There are times such deals make sense, and many more times when they don’t, but you should discuss your situation with a competent . . . → Read More: Want to Sell Your Cell Site Lease? Read the Fine Print!

Financial

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.?

Financial

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

General

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.

CTIA

CTIA Sues City of Berkeley Over POS RF Warning Ordinance

In a move surprising no one who has studied history or the CTIA v. San Francisco case from July, 2010, CTIA, one of the two main wireless industry trade associations, has sued the City of Berkeley over its ordinance titled, “REQUIRING NOTICE CONCERNING RADIO FREQUENCY EXPOSURE OF CELL PHONES.”

The ordinance, codified at Chapter 9.96 . . . → Read More: CTIA Sues City of Berkeley Over POS RF Warning Ordinance

AB57

AB 57: Now the Cell Tower Siting Fangs Are Out

AB 57, which should be called the “Cell Site Gift Act of 2015” was amended yesterday in the Assembly to add real fangs intended to bite Californians in favor of the wireless industry.

The bill by Assembly Member Bill Quirk (D, 20th) now simply says the following:

(a) A colocation or siting application for a . . . → Read More: AB 57: Now the Cell Tower Siting Fangs Are Out

Legal

Attack of the Drones

It’s unusual for me to republish press releases, but this one caught my eye. -jlk ATLANTA, March 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Solusia Air, LLC, an affiliate of Solusia Services, LLC, today announced it has been awarded an exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to deploy unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to perform asset audits and . . . → Read More: Attack of the Drones

AB57

AB57 Amended: First Baby Tooth Added

As I predicted in yesterday’s post, AB 57 was, in fact, amended to start adding teeth. The first tooth is a innocuous…adding a representative of the League of California Cities and a representative of the California State Association of Counties to the board of the California Broadband Council.

But in the best hide-the-ball tradition, the . . . → Read More: AB57 Amended: First Baby Tooth Added

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