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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds FCC Shot Clock

Just released this morning is the U.S. Supreme Court decision that, on a 6-3 vote, upholds the FCC Shot Clock.

The decision is linked below.

“SCALIA, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which THOMAS, GINSBURG, SOTOMAYOR, and KAGAN, JJ., joined. BREYER, J., filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment. . . . → Read More: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds FCC Shot Clock

Rulemaking in CPUC General Order 170: Comments, Replies pushed back 45 days

Just issued about 15 minutes ago (9:14 a.m. PDT)

To the Parties of Record in Rulemaking (R.) 06-10-006:

On May 16, 2013, the City and County of San Francisco on behalf of the League of California Cities, the California Association of Counties, and SCAN NOTOA (Joint Parties) requested a 90-day extension to file comments on . . . → Read More: Rulemaking in CPUC General Order 170: Comments, Replies pushed back 45 days

Current Issues in Cell Tower Leases and Lease Buyouts

John Pestle and I will once again be presenting our very popular program, Current Issues in Cell Tower Leases and Lease Buyouts. If you read through this entire post, you’ll find out how to get 20% off the registration fee!

This live-via-the-web program, presented through Lorman Education Services, will be presented twice in June: First . . . → Read More: Current Issues in Cell Tower Leases and Lease Buyouts

CPUC General Order 170 Redux

What agency should evaluate compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) as it applies to telecom firms: Local governments or the CPUC? That burning question is at the heart of what agency is best able to protect the public by evaluating CEQA considerations related to telecom construction.

Historically, the California Public Utilities Commission has . . . → Read More: CPUC General Order 170 Redux

Assembly Bill 162 in a Cocoon for 2013. Now what?

AB 162 will try to re-emerge in January 2014. Let’s take the time now to continue to educate our electeds.

Now that Assembly Bill 162 has been removed from California’s legislative agenda for 2013, it’s vital that we remember that the Bill is not dead; it is merely awaiting a rebirth in some . . . → Read More: Assembly Bill 162 in a Cocoon for 2013. Now what?

Assembly Bill 162 Pulled – Will Not Come Back Until At Least 2014

Hot news just in: AB 162 has been pulled from this year’s legislative calender.

This means that the Bill will not come up for consideration until at least next January.

Many people; many local associations; and many local governments have been instrumental in achieving this result, and they all deserve thanks.

This, however, is not . . . → Read More: Assembly Bill 162 Pulled – Will Not Come Back Until At Least 2014

Amended Assembly Bill 162 To Be Heard May 1

Assembly Bill 162, as amended on 4/23 (see my post here about those awful amendments) has been re-referred to the Assembly’s Local Government Committee. It will be heard on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

It is vital that your views on AB 162 be communicated to your electeds before the hearing.

For local governments, formal opposition . . . → Read More: Amended Assembly Bill 162 To Be Heard May 1

Assembly Bill 162 Wireless Bill Amended – Analysis

Assembly Bill 162, The Wireless Collocation Bill, Amended by its Author –

BILL IS NOW FAR WORSE FOR THE PUBLIC AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

[Updated 4/24/13 7:28 p.m. – Added link to PDF version of this analysis. See link at bottom of this page]

As a reminder, on March 21, 2013, Assembly Bill . . . → Read More: Assembly Bill 162 Wireless Bill Amended – Analysis

T-Mobile MetroPCS Deal Done – Closing on May 1

MetroPCS’s shareholders approved the merger with T-Mobile. The deal is sealed, and should close within the next 7 days.

For (1) most MetroPCS cell site landlords, (2) a few T-Mobile landlords, and (3) likely all landlords with a MetroPCS and T-Mobile lease atthe same site, you should start planning for the early termination of a . . . → Read More: T-Mobile MetroPCS Deal Done – Closing on May 1

A.B. 162 Amended: Now Much Worse

(Update 11:52 a.m. Okay, I underestimated the time it takes to filter through and write up how bad the amendment to AB 162 really is in impact. I’m currently working on a photo sim for my post. I’ll try and have this done by 1 p.m. today.)

(UPDATE: 11:01 a.m.: I’m still working on my . . . → Read More: A.B. 162 Amended: Now Much Worse