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AB 57 Webinar by Telecom Law Firm on 10/21/15.

[UPDATE: Of the 99 slots available, only about 10 are left. If you qualify to participate, please DO NOT wait to register.]

On October 9th, Governor Brown signed AB 57 (Quirk) into law. This new statute turns the wireless development review process upside down, and specifically:

• creates a new special “deemed-approval” for new and . . . → Read More: AB 57 Webinar by Telecom Law Firm on 10/21/15.

California AB 57 to be Signed by Gov. Brown Today

I have learned that Gov. Brown is expected to sign AB 57 into law later today. The provisions of the new law will become effective on January 1, 2016. AB 57 says that if a local government does not approve or disapprove a wireless project within 150 days for a new site, or 90 days . . . → Read More: California AB 57 to be Signed by Gov. Brown Today

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

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.

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

AB 57 As It Will Be Presented to Gov. Brown

Here is the text of AB 57 headed to Gov. Brown. I’ve added indentation formatting to make it easier to read:

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1. Section 65964.1 is added to the Government Code, to read:

65964.1.

(a) A collocation or siting application for a wireless telecommunications . . . → Read More: AB 57 As It Will Be Presented to Gov. Brown

AB 57 Likely To Become Law, Then What?

Today, the California Assembly passed AB 57 as amended by the State Senate. This means that the Bill now moves on to Gov. Brown for his signature. It’s unlikely Gov. Brown will spend the political capital to veto the Bill, but there’s always hope.

Assuming AB 57 is enrolled, we’ll have to wait for the . . . → Read More: AB 57 Likely To Become Law, Then What?

AB57 Muddled Even More: Fire Station Carve-out

Yesterday, August 18th, AB 57 was amended by the authors, Verizon and AT&T Assembly Member Bill Quirk adding two new sections, and modifying one existing section.

First, prior language in the Bill that connected it to the FCC Shot Clock Report and Order was monkeyed-with so that if the FCC changes it shot clock rules, . . . → Read More: AB57 Muddled Even More: Fire Station Carve-out

AT&T popping new large DAS sites

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

Look out Dish, T-Mobile Might Have A Better Suitor

Word is that Comcast may make a run to marry T-Mobile, and beat out Dish to the alter.

It is nothing less than brilliant for Comcast AND T-Mobile. Local governments will have a less favorable view.

Comcast finally gets the quad-play in house, and T-Mobile almost overnight solves its coverage problems in Comcast’s footprint. Comcast . . . → Read More: Look out Dish, T-Mobile Might Have A Better Suitor