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AB 162 Scheduled for First Assembly Committee Hearing

AB 162, called the “Broadband Improvement Act” by its author, and which I’ve re-dubbed as the “Wireless Industry Public Exclusion Act” (the WIPE Act), has just been scheduled for its first Assembly Committee hearing.

The Bill will be heard by the Local Government Committee on May 1, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. in State Capitol Room . . . → Read More: AB 162 Scheduled for First Assembly Committee Hearing

New Mexico Bar Exam Results

I passed the NM Bar Exam!

I’m verrrrrry pleased to announce that I received word a couple of hours ago that I passed the New Mexico Bar Exam, and that I’ll be admitted to that Bar on April 30th.

Did I mention that I’m verrrrrrry pleased?

Yes, I am verrrrry pleased!

Jonathan

 

. . . → Read More: New Mexico Bar Exam Results

FCC Formally Revisits RF Emissions Standards

The FCC has released its “FIRST REPORT AND ORDER FURTHER NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE MAKING AND NOTICE OF INQUIRY in a proceeding that will reshape the Commission’s RF emissions safety standards. The current standards were adopted after the 1996 Telecom Act. The Commission revisits its rules now largely prompted by the GAO.

I suspect the . . . → Read More: FCC Formally Revisits RF Emissions Standards

AGL Magazine’s Wireless Infrastructure Conference: Irvine 4/18/13

AGL Magazine‘s Wireless Infrastructure Conference will be coming to Irvine Marriott in Irvine, California on April 18, 2013. If you want to know about what’s happening in the trenches of wireless, and where those trenches lead, this is the conference to attend.

AGL’s regional conferences are, in my opinion, one of the best sources . . . → Read More: AGL Magazine’s Wireless Infrastructure Conference: Irvine 4/18/13

Urgent: California 6409(a)/Shot Clock Law Floated in Sacramento

California Assembly Bill 162

California Assembly Bill 162

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[Update/Heads-Up: I’ve received a copy of Assembly Member Holden’s Fact Sheet on AB 162, which has been christened the “Broadband Expansion Act.” I’ve rechristened it the “Wireless Industry Gift and Public Exclusion Act of . . . → Read More: Urgent: California 6409(a)/Shot Clock Law Floated in Sacramento

What’s a Cell Tower Lease Worth?

That’s the question that my colleague and friend, John Pestle discusses in his latest blog post at: http://www.varnumlaw.com/blogs/cell-phone-tower/whats-a-cell-tower-lease-worth/

Recommended; interesting reading.

-Jonathan

FCC OKs T-Mobile/MetroPCS Merger: Free Lease Analysis for Landlords

The FCC voted to approve T-Mobile’s application to acquire MetroPCS.

The next step–and perhaps the last real hurdle before the merger can be completed–is an affirmative vote of MetroPCS shareholders during a scheduled April 12 shareholders meeting.

For MetroPCS site landlords, this is a major step towards the shuttering of some 10,000 MetroPCS sites. See . . . → Read More: FCC OKs T-Mobile/MetroPCS Merger: Free Lease Analysis for Landlords

Remembering Carl Pilnick

Michael Friedman shared this sad news with members of SCAN NATOA today.

“It is my sad duty to inform you that Carl Pilnick died this morning at his home in Oakland, California after a brief illness. He was 89. “Those of you … knew Carl personally from his participation in SCAN events and from . . . → Read More: Remembering Carl Pilnick

Must Cities Administratively Approve 6409(a) Projects? Nope.

Section 6409(a) of the Middle Class Tax Relief Act

I recently received a phone call from a very senior government rep of a very large wireless carrier. The carrier’s rep called to share his displeasure that the city I frequently work with would not administratively grant approval of what he determined to be subject to Section 6409(a) of the Middle Class Tax Relief Act . . . → Read More: Must Cities Administratively Approve 6409(a) Projects? Nope.

AGL Regional Conferences: Must-Go Events

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Given my busy schedule, there are only a few wireless industry conferences I carve out time to attend each year. My criteria for going to a conference center around factors such as:

Quality of the speakers Timeliness of the information Real usability of the information learned at the conference Opportunity to meaningfully network with peers . . . → Read More: AGL Regional Conferences: Must-Go Events