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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

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

T-Mobile + Dish = Tish!

How could I not have spotted the name before now!

T-Dish? Mobile-D? Deep Dish Pizza?

Word on the street is that T-Mobile and Dish are talking merger. Dish has lots of bandwidth but in the wrong direction. T-Mobile has, well… it’s pink. And T-Mobile is likely to still have some of the Post-AT&T money. And it has some bandwidth. And it’s pink.

Actually might be a very interesting combination.

jlk

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AB57: End of Local Cell Site Zoning in California?

AB 57, no longer called the “Broadband Communications Infrastructure Act” has now morphed into the wireless industry’s dream: a deemed approved remedy for cell tower siting, and (vitally) a statewide policy shift that cell sites are NOT a municipal concern; rather they are matter best left for the state.

AB 57 has become an exercise . . . → Read More: AB57: End of Local Cell Site Zoning in California?

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

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