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

Legal

Cell Site Denials: 11th Circuit on the “in writing” requirement

Today, in an artfully written decision, the Chief Judge of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals announced the decision of the court in T-Mobile South, LLC v. City of Milton.

At issue was whether the City’s denial of three cell sites met the “in writing” requirement of 47 U.SC. § 332(c)(7)(B)(iii).

It seems as if . . . → Read More: Cell Site Denials: 11th Circuit on the “in writing” requirement

Financial

Don’t Be A Casualty of a Wireless Lease Casualty Clause

A “casualty” clause in a lease is commonly included to provide a way of altering the terms of a lease or outright terminating a lease before its natural expiration if something bad happen.

Something like a fire.

Take a look below at the standard template language found in a very well-known carrier’s boilerplate agreement. After . . . → Read More: Don’t Be A Casualty of a Wireless Lease Casualty Clause

Cable TV Operators

Time Warner Cable Class Action Lawsuit Filed

Their (corporate) parents must be so very proud of them!

Now comes James Armstrong, Michal Pourtemour, Vatsana Bilavarn, individually, and on behalf of all others similar situated to sue Time Warner Cable for dropping CBS. Well, not really for dropping CBS, but for breach of contract, deceptive business practices, unjust enrichment, and the . . . → Read More: Time Warner Cable Class Action Lawsuit Filed

Cable TV Operators

Time Warner Cable and CBS – Now 24 Hours into the War

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This post is off topic, but as a current Time Warner Cable subscriber in Santa Monica, California; a former Warner Cable manager; and long term cable industry member, I want to speak up. Soap box, here I come…

Time Warner Cable and CBS are engaged in a game . . . → Read More: Time Warner Cable and CBS – Now 24 Hours into the War

General

3rd Party Engineers, T-Mobile & Local Jurisdictions

T-Mobile’s National External Affairs (“NEA”) Newsletter is a monthly online publication aimed at T-Mobile’s outside siting professionals and others related to siting. NEA was kind enough to add me to their subscriber list.

What follows below is an article appearing in the July 2013 issue of T-Mobile’s National External Affairs’ Siting Newsletter. It describes T-Mobile’s . . . → Read More: 3rd Party Engineers, T-Mobile & Local Jurisdictions

General

Land Adjacent to a Cell Tower Lease: Worthless?

(Updated: July 29, 2013. I’ve had a lot of comments about this post, all positive, so I start highlighting similar one-sided provisions in future posts.)

I’ve seen wireless carriers attempt land grabs before through a cell tower lease, but a current incarnation is particular amusing.

Framed as an “Emergency 911 Service” provision (hey, that . . . → Read More: Land Adjacent to a Cell Tower Lease: Worthless?