New FCC Order Exempting Changes to Cell Towers, Communications Antennas From Zoning and Other State and Local Laws

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Thursday, August 24, 2017
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Get the tools you need to understand and implement the FCC Wireless Siting Order.


This topic covers the FCC's 2014 Wireless Siting Order which implements 47 U.S.C. 1455(a) that preempts in part state and local approval for many changes to existing communications towers and antenna sites. We will describe the many legal and technical issues under the Order, including what types of changes and modifications are covered; the differing rules for antennas on buildings, along highways, and on camouflaged sites; and potential interactions with state wireless deregulation rules. We will describe the Order's application process, the 60-day shot clock, and issues regarding the 'deemed granted' remedy. This information will give you the tools to identify and discuss issues that are likely to be raised by wireless firms and municipalities as they implement the Order, and will provide practical guidance on how municipalities and providers can identify, address and resolve common issues related to the Order. You will come away with useful legal and technical knowledge about what is certain under the Order, what is uncertain, and practical guidance on how to proceed.

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Jonathan L. Kramer

Dr. Jonathan L. Kramer, Esq. • Heads the Telecom Law Firm, P.C. with offices in Los Angeles and La Jolla • Attorney admitted in California and New Mexico; Radio frequency engineer for more than 35 years • Wireless siting planner/reviewer for local governments in over 1,000 wireless matters • Testifying expert ... Read More

John W. Pestle

John W. Pestle, Esq. • Chair of the Telecommunications Group at the Varnum LLP law firm • Since 1996 has represented property owners (companies, municipalities, schools, churches, farms, etc.) on cell tower leases, amendments and sales • Represented clients on the sale of more than 70 cell tower leases and future leasing rights ... Read More

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