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First Thoughts on Today’s FCC 6409(a) Report and Order

Today, October 17, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission”) voted to adopt new federal rules that significantly undermine local police powers to regulate wireless infrastructure. The rules will become effective 90 days after the Commission publishes the Report and Order (“Order”) in the Federal Register.

Although as of this writing the Commission has not yet . . . → Read More: First Thoughts on Today’s FCC 6409(a) Report and Order

FCC Adopts Rules to Define 6409(a) and Modify the Shot Clock

In 2012, at the behest of the wireless industry (and specifically the PCIA), Congress passed and the President signed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act. Buried within the hundreds of thousands of words in the Act are 149 word comprising Section 6409(a) dealing with wireless site collocations.

Here are those 149 words:

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A Deeper Look at the FCC’s Marriott WI-FI Consent Order

As you’ve likely seen in the general media, MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. and MARRIOTT HOTEL SERVICES, INC. (jointly, “Marriott”) and the FCC have entered into a Consent Decree in connection with Marriott’s intentionally blocking of Wi-Fi access points brought in to the conference center portion of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee . . . → Read More: A Deeper Look at the FCC’s Marriott WI-FI Consent Order

FCC Chair Tom Wheeler’s Keynote At NATOA National

(Updated 5:29 p.m. PDT to include the prepared remarks of the Chairman.)

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler presented the keynote speech on October 1, 2014 at the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA.ORG) Annual Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The running time of the lecture is just under 30 minutes, and this is a . . . → Read More: FCC Chair Tom Wheeler’s Keynote At NATOA National

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)

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).

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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

Ken Schmidt – Steel in the Air

Ken Schmidt (l) with Jonathan Kramer

I had the pleasure of having lunch today with Ken Schmidt, President of Steel in the Air. Although we have talked many times over the years, this is the first time we have met in the flesh.

Ken is exceptionally knowledgeable in the same areas where I and . . . → Read More: Ken Schmidt – Steel in the Air

T-Mobile Left Standing at the Altar…Again

Poor T-Mobile. It’s the jilted bride, now twice over.

Sprint walked away from the altar conceding that U.S. regulators would not approve the marriage between the #3 and #4 wireless carriers that would leave the couple still #3.

What’s next for T-Mobile? I suspect the embittered bride will start looking for several smaller regional suitors . . . → Read More: T-Mobile Left Standing at the Altar…Again

Try to Cancel Your Comcast Service: I Dare You!

The Los Angeles Times (called the Los Angeles Dog Trainer by Harry Shearer) published an article today entitled, “Listen: Is this the all-time most horrible cable service call, ever?”

It recounts the audio-recorded efforts of one Ryan Block, former editor of Edgadget trying to get disconnected from Comcast. He almost got disconnected from reality.

First, . . . → Read More: Try to Cancel Your Comcast Service: I Dare You!

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