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NO DEAL! SB 649 Passed Out of Appropriations Committee Without Amendment - This Small Cell Bill Curtails Local Discretionary...

A working group formed in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee to forge a compromise on rental rates for use of public property such as street lights and traffic lights by operators of small cells failed to reach any...more

CPUC Rulemaking Opens Door to Revisit Impacts of Wireless in Public Rights of Way - Local Governments Should Respond by May 3

The California Public Utilities Commission just opened a proceeding that may redefine the rights of wireless providers and wireless infrastructure providers to use utility poles and public rights of way. In addition, the CPUC...more

California Small Cell Bill Curtails Local Discretionary Review and Rates - Local Governments Need to Voice Their Concerns Before...

Local governments should take action to oppose a California bill that will drastically curtail local discretionary authority over small cell deployments and mandate use of public property such as street light poles at...more

Riverside County Issues RFP for Broadband Infrastructure

Riverside County has issued a Request for Participants, seeking private companies who are willing to partner with the County and build out wireline and wireless broadband infrastructure to provide high-speed, broadband...more

PEG Fees Set by Ordinance Under California Video Franchise Law Are Not Taxes Subject to Prop. 26

State AG Opinion Could Positively Impact Many Local Governments - The referendum requirements of Proposition 26 do not apply to public, educational and governmental access fees established by local ordinance pursuant to...more

California Law Presented to Governor Would Automatically Approve Certain Applications for Cell Sites

Localities Should Contact the Governor Immediately to Urge a Veto - A bill that would “deem approved” applications for new wireless facilities in certain circumstances was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday for his...more

Charter/Time Warner Tout Benefits, Seek Approval of Merger in State and Federal Filings

Local Governments Can Protect Themselves and the Public By Filing Comments - Charter Communications, Inc., Time Warner Cable Inc. and Advance/Newhouse Partnership recently filed a public interest statement with the FCC...more

Opportunity in FCC Review of Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable Merger

The Federal Communications Commission has opened a proceeding to review the proposed merger announced in May between Charter Communications Inc. and Time Warner Cable Inc., and the associated acquisition of Bright House...more

FCC Seeking Comments on Proposed Changes to Public Safety Communications Spectrum

4.9 GHz Licensing Rule Changes Proposed - The FCC recently called for comments on proposed changes to the 4.9 GHz public safety communications licensing rules, including making non-public safety entities eligible...more

1/20/2014  /  FCC , Public Safety , Telecommunications

CPUC Seeks to Revisit Controversial Decision on CEQA Process for Telecommunications Projects - Public Agency Participation is...

After a pause of more than a year, the CPUC has revived its effort to determine whether and how it will conduct environmental review of certain telecommunications projects under the California Environmental Quality Act...more

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