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Wireless Industry Trying to Add Small Cell Rules to Covid-19 Recovery Legislation

Word from Capitol Hill is that wireless industry lobbyists are pushing hard for inclusion of the text of the STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act in Covid-19 stimulus legislation.

The STREAMLINE Act (which is better called the Steamroller Act), has been sharply opposed by local governments and our national organizations. That act would codify in federal . . . → Read More: Wireless Industry Trying to Add Small Cell Rules to Covid-19 Recovery Legislation

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Dr Kramer to speak at AGL Summit in Seattle on 1/30/20

Dr. Jonathan Kramer will be the sole local government panelist at the “Muni Ordinances, Small Cell Designs and the Complexities of Density” panel this week at AGL’s Summit in Seattle. Four industry reps against Jonathan…seems evenly balanced 😉

The day-long event will take place on Thursday, January 30, 2020.

The full introduction to Jonathan’s . . . → Read More: Dr Kramer to speak at AGL Summit in Seattle on 1/30/20

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FCC Amends Small Cell Rules per DC Circuit Court

Some commenters have described the DC Circuit’s decision in United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians v. FCC, No. 18–1129, 2019 WL 3756373 (D.C. Cir Aug. 9, 2019) as being some sort of a magic bullet 5G/small cell killer. They also claim that the decision nullifies much of the FCC’s small cell rules, citing primarily to . . . → Read More: FCC Amends Small Cell Rules per DC Circuit Court

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Coalition of Concerned Utilities Reply Comments in 6409(a) Petition

Here’s a choice quote from the Coalition of Concerned Utilities who oppose the wireless industry’s attempt to get the FCC to change the 6409(a) rules:

Careless requests by Crown Castle and others to relax utility construction and design standards and to experiment downward is like asking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to order bumpers, . . . → Read More: Coalition of Concerned Utilities Reply Comments in 6409(a) Petition

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Western Communities Coalition 6409(a) Reply Comments

Last night the Western Communities Coalition, represented by Telecom Law Firm PC (San Diego and Los Angeles) and Kissinger and Fellman (Denver), filed lengthy and detailed Reply Comments with the FCC in the current Section 6409(a) proceedings.

The Coalition’s Reply Comments site widespread wireless industry misrepresentations and abuses of the current process, and how those . . . → Read More: Western Communities Coalition 6409(a) Reply Comments

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The Western Communities Coalition FCC filing…

…will be posted here tomorrow. Watch this space.

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Interesting Cell Siting RF Discussion in Thousand Oaks, California

A very thoughtful exploration of cell site RF emissions safety concerns and the interplay with federal laws and regulations. . . . → Read More: Interesting Cell Siting RF Discussion in Thousand Oaks, California

Cable TV Operators

Dr. Kramer elevated to SCTE Senior Member Emeritus

I’m extremely pleased to announce that the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineer–the SCTE–has elevated my membership status to Senior Member-Emeritus. Of the roughly 20,000 SCTE members throughout the world today, I’m one of only 41 SCTE members to achieve both distinctions.

Since joining the SCTE in 1979, I’ve been privileged to serve and advise the . . . → Read More: Dr. Kramer elevated to SCTE Senior Member Emeritus

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We take the 6409(a) fight to the FCC

I am very proud to announce that last night, a broad coalition of local governments and government agencies that we represent filed nearly 600 pages of comments to oppose the wireless industry’s latest attempts to gut wireless siting controls from citizens and their local governments.

The name of the coalition is “The Western Communities Coalition”.

. . . → Read More: We take the 6409(a) fight to the FCC

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Fill Your Swimming Pool at the Gas Station?

There is a palpable public fear in some quarters of nascent 5G cell sites. That public’s fear seems centered on radio frequency emissions, and are often based on Internet-spread claims of potential negative health impacts to adults, children, infants, animals, bees, trees, bushes, birds, insects…

I won’t debate the underlying question as to whether those . . . → Read More: Fill Your Swimming Pool at the Gas Station?