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Senate Bill 911: Would Require Mandatory Collocation

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!

U.S. Senate Bill 911, introduced by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) would completely disrupt the process of rational tower siting for collocation purposes. Section 528(a) of S. 911 says, in relevant part:

SEC. 528. WIRELESS FACILITIES DEPLOYMENT.

(a) FACILITY MODIFICATIONS.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Notwithstanding section 704 of the . . . → Read More: Senate Bill 911: Would Require Mandatory Collocation

San Mateo CA Grand Jury on Muni Cell Siting Policies

Last month, the Civil Grand Jury of the County of San Mateo, California released the results of its inquiry into municipal wireless siting matters.

The report, titled “Cell Towers: Public Opposition and Revenue Source” asked as its questions,

Do cities and the County of San Mateo (the County) have effective governing policies and/or ordinances for . . . → Read More: San Mateo CA Grand Jury on Muni Cell Siting Policies

CPUC to Review AT&T&T Proposed Merger

The California Public Utilities Commission will launch an investigation into the pending AT&T/T-Mobile merger.

The Commission, which is now populated by a majority of members appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown, will evaluate whether to propose conditions on the merger. The Commission will be taking public testimony, and moving its review along a fast track which . . . → Read More: CPUC to Review AT&T&T Proposed Merger

AGL Denver Conference

The AGL regional Conference in Denver was simply outstanding in content and value.

I’m not just saying that because I was a speaker. Frankly, I attend a fair number of conferences where there’s little new for me to learn, but not so at this event.

AGL is known for its down-to-earth approach for useful written . . . → Read More: AGL Denver Conference

AGL Denver Conference Update 8:50 AM MDT

Brian Allen, Business Development Manager – West, TowerCo says the average monthly revenue per cell site is about $52,000; Predicts that the number of tower sites will double over the next 9 years (to about 525,000), but growth could be substantially greater than that based on other published reports. Lots of outstanding industry stats. More . . . → Read More: AGL Denver Conference Update 8:50 AM MDT

Tripp May is Back (for the Summer)

I’m very pleased to report that Tripp May has rejoined the Kramer Firm staff. Tripp just completed his 1L year at the University of San Diego Law School.

This Summer Tripp will be re-sharpening his telecom law and technology skills here on staff.

Susan Gov and I are glad that Tripp’s back!

Jonathan

. . . → Read More: Tripp May is Back (for the Summer)

T-Mobile’s “Truly Unlimited” Plan is Truly Limited

Here’s a cute little Now-You-See-It-Now-You-Don’t bit of advertising slight-of-hand: T-Mobile’s current “Truly Unlimited” marketing campaign.

Here’s a part of the current advert on T-Mobile’s web site (and paralleling the TV ads currently running):

 

But once you’re wowed by the big pinkish letters at the top, your eyes may not wonder down to the . . . → Read More: T-Mobile’s “Truly Unlimited” Plan is Truly Limited

When (Wireless) Worlds Collide…Will Site Landlords Get $quashed?

Today’s (4/15/11) AGL Bulletin carries a buried-lead story about Sprint’s deployment of new, flexible base stations that are multi-modal, multi-band, and potentially multi-user.

Faced with Data Surge, Carriers to ‘Feed the Beast’ with Base Station Innovation

Noting the importance of scale, spectrum and innovation, representatives of Sprint Nextel and Clearwire discussed how the growth of . . . → Read More: When (Wireless) Worlds Collide…Will Site Landlords Get $quashed?

AGL Bulletin: With GPS Complications, Short-Term Site Growth May Elude LightSquared

From today’s (4/15/11) AGL Bulletin.

With GPS Complications, Short-Term Site Growth May Elude LightSquared

The tower industry’s dreams of being a part of LightSquared’s plans to deploy 40,000 high-power transmitters may have to wait. Given the potential for interference to its spectrum neighbor, GPS, the proposed nationwide broadband network may not trigger significant site . . . → Read More: AGL Bulletin: With GPS Complications, Short-Term Site Growth May Elude LightSquared

More on Substantial Evidence (YAT-MC) (T-Mobile v. City of Margate)

In T-Mobile South LLC v. City of Margate (Florida) decided on April 4, 2011 (SD FL Case No. 10–cv–60029), District Judge Alan Gold discussed the topic of substantial evidence in several interesting lights.

In granting summary judgment to T-Mobile, Judge Gold said

d. “Substantial Evidence”Looking beyond the text of the . . . → Read More: More on Substantial Evidence (YAT-MC) (T-Mobile v. City of Margate)