Towns Have to Quickly Tell Why They Reject Cell Towers
The Supreme Court sided with T-Mobile in a court case regarding the cell tower approval process. T-Mobile claimed Roswell, Ga., sent it a short letter denying a new tower and then referred T-Mobile to the town's minutes to figure out for itself the rationale behind the denial. The town's response fell short of following 2010 federal regulations regarding such denials. T-Mobile argued that it should have been provided with the reasons for the denial in clearer form and the Supreme Court agreed. Moving forward, towns that reject new cell towers will have to provide the underlying reasons "at essentially the same time" in order to give wireless network operators the opportunity to appeal or take other legal action within the 30-day timeline. Towns are already required to act quickly on tower requests and have to provide "substantial evidence" when denying new towers. "Transparent and fair decision-making by local governments will allow wireless service providers to improve the nation’s wireless networks to meet consumers demand," said T-Mobile's general counsel in response to the ruling. Justice Sonia Sotomayor suggested towns might be best served to provide a brief statement detailing the reasons behind denials.
Court: FCC Allowed to Manage Tower Siting Process
An appeals court sided with the FCC recently in a decision that upholds the agency's authority to accelerate the process of gaining local approval for cell towers. The U.S.
T-Mobile Sells 600 Towers to Phoenix Tower
T-Mobile has finalized the sale of some 600 cell towers to Phoenix Tower International. The deal, first announced in August, transferred ownership and management rights to Phoenix Tower.
Supreme Court Weighing Warrants for Cell Phone Location
The Supreme Court today heard a case regarding whether or not law enforcement can access certain types of cell location data without a warrant. Government agencies do not currently need a warrant when requesting location and other data held by phone companies thanks to a 1979 court case.
Court Rules Cell Location Data Fair Game
The U.S. Court of Appeals has sided with the government and ruled that law enforcement can gather cell location records without first obtaining a warrant.