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American Tower

TriStar v. American Tower (It’s Over)

After a few years (and no doubt millions of dollars in legal fees), TriStar and American Tower have agreed to an out of court settlement.

As you’ll recall from my original post on this lawsuit back on February 19, 2012 TriStar sued American Tower claiming

Count 1: Violation of the Lanham Act, 15 . . . → Read More: TriStar v. American Tower (It’s Over)

Legal

8th Circuit: In Writing Does not Mean In Separate Writing

Does a denial of a cell site permit need to be made in a writing that is separate from the rest of administrative record? That’s the more important question answered by the 8th Circuit Court of appeals in NE Colorado Cellular, Inc., v. City of North Platte, Nebraska. Case No. 13-3190 (Filed August 22, 2014).

. . . → Read More: 8th Circuit: In Writing Does not Mean In Separate Writing

American Tower

Powerful Decision in American Tower v. San Diego

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has issued (and set for publication) what will inevitably become a heavily cited decision about wireless siting. This case is the logical next step in the line of MetroPCS v. San Francisco and T-Mobile v. Anacortes, albeit not as the wireless industry would have it.

From . . . → Read More: Powerful Decision in American Tower v. San Diego

General

A Tin Foil Hat with Every Vote

Candidate Kevin Moddus, without a tin foil hat.

UPDATE: Seems like the voters in the 33rd were not looking for rolls of tin foil. Mr. Mottus received just 2.4% of the votes cast. He came in 7th. The 6th place candidate had a hair shy of 3-times as many votes compared with Mr. Mottus.

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Financial

Selling Your Cell Tower Lease Lecture 4/9/14

John Pestle and I will once again present an updated version of our very popular lease buy-out lecture, “Selling Your Cell Tower Lease.” This time we’ll present on April 9th, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. EDT/10:00 a.m. PDT. Lorman Education Services hosts many of the lectures John and I present, and they do an outstanding job . . . → Read More: Selling Your Cell Tower Lease Lecture 4/9/14

Legal

Three Cell Tower Climbers, Firefigher Die in Two Tower Incidents

The last twenty-four hours have seen two tower incidents resulting in at least three tower climber deaths, the subsequent death of a local firefighter, and two additional serious injuries.

The first fatal incident occurred last night in Bluetown, Texas, where a solo tower climber fell from a tower standing more than 1,000 fee tall. The . . . → Read More: Three Cell Tower Climbers, Firefigher Die in Two Tower Incidents

AT&T Wireless

Permits? We’re AT&T and we don’t need no stinkin’ permits!

Dobbs: “If you’re the cell phone company where are your permits?” Gold Hat: “Permits? We ain’t got no permits. We don’t need no permits! I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ permits!”

-with apologies to B. Traven and then John Huston

It seems that Ridgewood, New Jersey is non-to-happy with . . . → Read More: Permits? We’re AT&T and we don’t need no stinkin’ permits!

California 6409 and Shot Clock

California: Wireless Industry Gearing Up to Attack State Wireless Legislation and CEQA

It appears that the one of the leading wireless industry trade associations is getting ready to launch a new California legislative initiative to sharply restrict existing siting controls by local governments under current laws, and to marginalize CEAQ by changing the Permit Streamlining Act.

A copy of the circulating draft found its way into my . . . → Read More: California: Wireless Industry Gearing Up to Attack State Wireless Legislation and CEQA

6409

Which Way L.A. Explores Cell Tower Siting Issues

Warren Olney, host of Which Way L.A. on KCRW (NPR in Southern California) devoted a segment of today’s program to wireless tower siting.

Titled, “The No Longer Hidden Cost of Wireless Technology” Warren focus on the looming debate about more cell sites closer to their customers.

Richard Stein, a Los Angeles resident with an existing . . . → Read More: Which Way L.A. Explores Cell Tower Siting Issues

AT&T Wireless

Missouri Cell Tower Industry Driven Laws Struck Down by Judge

Missouri Coat of Arms

According to a published reports, Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce has issued a permanent injunction and declared the two laws as being invalid. This follows the preliminary injunction she issued on Aug. 27 staying the laws (HB 331) from taking effect as scheduled the next day.

Judge Joyce ruled . . . → Read More: Missouri Cell Tower Industry Driven Laws Struck Down by Judge

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