2021-04-11 AT&T suing Pittsburgh over microcell fees

1) In the USA, the FCC has done just about everything possible to make densification of cell towers and microcells possible by setting fees for use of municipal right of ways and poles, and setting deadlines for approving applications. The municipalities are facing pressure from their constituents who have concerns about having cell transmitters outside their homes and demands by the telecoms to grant them license to do so.

AT&T Sues City Over 4G and 5G Small Cells Fees and Permit Delays; Appeals to Corrupt FCC to Force Unwanted Infrastructure

“AT&T is suing the city of Pittsburgh, alleging it asked for excessive small cell fees and failed to process permit applications within the FCC’s 90-day shot clock window.

The complaint filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania says the city planned to charge the wireless carrier $850 in annual fees for new small cell installations – a figure AT&T asserts exceeds the FCC limit for a reasonable recurring fee “by nearly 215%, in violation of federal law.”



2) Another good site from Tucson’s group, and on that site there are some very interesting videos. You have to scroll down the page to find the “Videos from residents meeting with City of Tucson staff March 15, 2021”. There are three, short and filled with good information, even though it’s based on Tucson, Arizona and US laws.

We can get some ideas about how our municipalities might help limit proliferation of towers (macro and micro). One important point re. co-location is similar to how the policy evolved in Canada. In 2003, after complaints from people in my neighbourhood, Industry Canada (under Alan Roche) was told to develop a policy to ensure transparency, etc. The CPC 2-0-03 policy was the result and, in that policy, it said that companies are required to co-locate on each others towers when possible. The explanation I was given was that people were not complaining about the health issues but rather the aesthetics of having towers near their homes. To limit the number of towers, companies had to cooperate as much as possible. This evolved into putting transmitters on existing structures, e.g. poles outside our homes.

Professor Russ Witte, PhD’s presentation on “Problems with 4G/5G Wireless Infrastructure and Improving Tucson’s Wireless Telecom Code” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ha1uFoOTTE&feature=emb_title

Renowned Attorney Julian Gressor explains to Tucson City Staff that they have the legal authority to regulate 4G/5G wireless telecom infrastructure. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ograZ6rXcQA



Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters

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