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More Wireless Industry Consolidation: A Game-Changing Deal by Alan Hearty

Sprint moves one step closer towards its goal of acquiring T-Mobile as it receives proposals from two (2) banks to finance Sprint’s potential acquisition of T-Mobile.  Expected to take anywhere from twelve (12) to eighteen (18) months, the deal...

California Wireless Law, Wireless Carriers, Regulations, Alan Hearty, Wireless Industry News, Wireless Industry

San Marcos Tightens its Belt with New Cell Tower Ordinance by Alan Hearty

In response to complaints from its residents about unsightly “cell tower” farms, the San Marcos Planning Commission unanimously approved a proposed cell tower ordinance that would be among the strictest in San Diego County.  The law would limit...

California Wireless Law, Cell Towers, Alan Hearty, cell tower, Cell Tower Ordinance

Wireless Industry Responds to Wireless Infrastructure Rules by Alan Hearty

Last week, wireless industry providers along with several hundred others filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission in response to the agency’s PROPOSED RULES on wireless deployment and infrastructure siting.  Two industry groups,...

California Wireless Law, Regulations, Alan Hearty, Wireless Deployment, Wireless Infrastructure

FCC's Notice on Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act  by Alan Hearty

Section 6409(a) of last year’s Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 prohibits state and local governments from denying any eligible facilities’ request for a modification of an existing ‘wireless tower or base station’ that does...

California Wireless Law, Alan Hearty, Middle Class Tax Relief, Job Creation Act

FCC Offers Modest Reforms to Accelerate Broadband Buildout with Bigger Reforms Over-the-Horizon

On Friday, January 25, 2013, the FCC Chairman announced several “new and forthcoming” measures under the Commission’s existing Broadband Acceleration Initiative that seeks to speed broadband buildout by lifting barriers to accessing utility poles,...

California Wireless Law, Alan Hearty

Disaster Strikes: Examining Emergency Cell Phone Service by Alan Hearty

In a natural disaster or other emergency, one of the first things you’re likely to reach for is your cellphone. Landlines are disappearing. More than 30 percent of American households now rely exclusively on cellphones. This article examines the...

California Wireless Law, Alan Hearty, Cell Service, Emergency Cell Phone Service

The American Tower REIT Conversion: Wireless Dominance? by Alan Hearty

After announcing that it will convert into a REIT, the price of American Tower’s shares are up 26% this trading year.  This new structure will provide American Tower with incredible tax benefits not shared by its competitors.  This article...

California Wireless Law, Alan Hearty, REIT, American tower

Prayers for Better Cell Phone Service May Soon be Answered by Alan Hearty

Could churches offer a solution for better cell service?  In the city of San Ramon, it appears to be the case as people demand better cell service without having to look at new towers.  “Church steeples make an excellent location for a cell...

California Wireless Law, Alan Hearty, Cell Service

Hurricane Sandy Tests Resiliency of Wireless Networks by Alan Hearty

In light of the devastation Hurricane Sandy left behind, the FCC will conduct hearings to explore the resiliency of wireless networks (the FCC reported that about 25% of commercial cell sites in the area affected by Sandy were not operational...

California Wireless Law, Alan Hearty, Hurricane Sandy, wireless networks, wireless resiliency

Fake Tree Cell Phone Plan Rejected for Lucas Valley by Alan Hearty

Lucas Valley’s plan to improve wireless reception was recently thwarted as county planners ruled out the fake tree antenna proposal and called for more studies of an alternative street light pole installation.

California Wireless Law, Alan Hearty, cell tower, Lucas Valley

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