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A Disingenuous and Dangerous Stunt

Last night I watched a tower siting appeal hearing before the City Council of Albany, California. During the hearing, a resident came up to the speakers podium. As part of his public comment, the resident attempted to make a comparison between cell site emissions and the emissions from a microwave oven. To hammer home his . . . → Read More: A Disingenuous and Dangerous Stunt

CTIA to FCC: We Need Relief for ‘Two Month Towers’

A Nextel “COW” (l) and a Sprint “COLT” at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Click on the photo to enlarge.

CTIA – THE WIRELESS ASSOCIATION® petitioned the FCC on December 21, 2012 to relax its rules regarding temporary wireless site installations, typically using “COLTS” and “COWS” (“cells on light trucks”, and “cells on . . . → Read More: CTIA to FCC: We Need Relief for ‘Two Month Towers’

FCC Offers “Guidance” on Sec. 6409(a)

Yesterday, January 25th, the FCC released a public notice titled, “WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU OFFERS GUIDANCE ON INTERPRETATION OF SECTION 6409(a) OF THE MIDDLE CLASS TAX RELIEF AND JOB CREATION ACT OF 2012” (DA 12-2047).

As an aside, I note that the Commission did not consult with its own Intergovernmental Advisory Committee, much less advise them . . . → Read More: FCC Offers “Guidance” on Sec. 6409(a)

U.S. Supreme Court: City of Arlington v. FCC – Audio and Transcript of the Oral Arguments in City of Arlington v. FCC

This post provides both the audio of the hearing as well as the transcript in City of Arlington v. FCC (the Shot Clock case), which was argued before the Supreme Court on January 16, 2013.

I recommend you open the transcript first, then play the audio.

SCOTUS Oral Argument Audio in City of Arlington v. . . . → Read More: U.S. Supreme Court: City of Arlington v. FCC – Audio and Transcript of the Oral Arguments in City of Arlington v. FCC

U.S. Supreme Court – Transcript of Today’s Oral Arguments in City of Arlington v. FCC

Linked below is the official (subject to review) transcript of today’s Supreme Court hearing in CITY OF ARLINGTON, TEXAS, ET AL., v FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (the “FCC Shot Clock” case).

I’ll link to the audio of the hearing when available.

Jonathan

CLICK HERE TO READ/SAVE THE TRANSCRIPT (73 pages/PDF format)

Clearwire: “You’re Such a Dish!”

Now it gets interesting.

As I previously reported, (Soft)Sprint is trying to buy up the shares of Clearwire not already owned by Sprint. They offered $2.97 per share.

Enter, now, Dish Network with an unsolicited offer to purchase Clearwire at $3.30 per share.

Needless to say, Sprint’s not too impressed with the Dish offer.

Now . . . → Read More: Clearwire: “You’re Such a Dish!”

SRT OF OK NW 2 TXT WLE DRVNG N CA

AB 1536, which is effective today, January 1, 2013, changes California law to allow some texting while driving. Texting is allowed if your phone can be used by voice commands, such as using Apple’s iPhone Siri feature. She has powerful friends in Sacramento!

It will be interesting to see how this change to the prior . . . → Read More: SRT OF OK NW 2 TXT WLE DRVNG N CA

Clearwire to sink from sight/site

(Updated 4:41 p.m.; added AGL Magazine story link.)

Well, it’s almost over. Clearwire, that is.

Clearwire will sink from site, er, from sight as SoftSprint (or someone else depending on the investor law suits will will claim insufficient value to be paid by Sprint) ponies up the relatively small bucks to buy the rest of . . . → Read More: Clearwire to sink from sight/site

Forget the Cell Site Lease Buyout – Buy The Whole Property

In an interesting twist on a wireless site lease buyout, Global Signal (a unit of Crown Castle) has not only bought out an existing cell site lease in Fort Myers, Florida…it bought the entire underlying property and the existing commercial office building as well.

Crown Castle paid $1,000,000 for a property recently assessed to be . . . → Read More: Forget the Cell Site Lease Buyout – Buy The Whole Property

T-Metro Says It Will Shutter 10,000 MetroPCS sites if…

…their merger is approved by the federal government. This represents about 87% of all of the MetroPCS sites, excluding the DAS nodes. MetroPCS estimates that this will save them…really, T-Mobile…about $7B in site lease costs.

Doing some back-of-the-napkin calculations based on a 25 year average term, a $7B savings would work out to average blended . . . → Read More: T-Metro Says It Will Shutter 10,000 MetroPCS sites if…

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