Morgan's Brain

Sep. 15, 2008 at 2:34pm

Proposal to Exempt Cell Towers From Zoning

The following email came across my virtual desk. It looks like the cell phone lobbyists have been busy - they want to avoid having to deal with local issues related to citing cell towers. Deadline to comment to the FCC is today- leave it to the FCC to have a convoluted comment system: click here and use
"WT Docket No. 08–165" for the docket number -http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/email.html

I would be surprised if this goes anywhere, but I would also hate to be surprised. Get your comments in!

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We just received notice from concerned that the FCC is seeking comment on a recent proposal declare new limitations on local zoning authority as it affects cell tower siting. Unfortunately comments are due by September 15th only a few days away.

 
 CTIA, a trade association of the cellular telephone industry, has asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to declare new limitations on local zoning authority as it affects cell tower siting.  Specifically, CTIA requests the FCC to:
  • create a 'shot clock' of 45 or 75 days for wireless antenna or tower zoning applications;
  • rule that applications are automatically deemed granted if a local government misses the FCC's deadline;
  • prevent localities from considering the presence of service by other carriers in evaluating an additional carrier's application for an antenna site; and
  • preempt any local ordinance that would effectively require a variance for every tower application.


This information should be circulated to airports, local municipalities and state governments who may be affected by this petition.  Please review the attached information to see if your airport would be adversely affected if this petition is granted and how the adverse impact would take place.  If you wish to respond to this petition, please follow the directions in the federal register notice for filing electronically.  Initial comments are to be filed by September 15, 2008.  If you have questions about the attachments, you may contact Matt Ames with the law firm of Miller & Van Eaton (MVE).  The MVE prepared memo is one of the attachments.  Mr. Ames contact information is:

Matthew C. Ames
mames@millervaneato n.com
Miller & Van Eaton
1155 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 1000
Washington, DC  20036-4320
phone (202) 785-0600
fax (202) 785-1234

 

 

 

comments [5]  |  posted under cell towers, tacoma, zoning

Comments

by Erik on 9/15/2008 @ 3:07pm
So this is a proposed federal rule correct?

Perhaps you should contact the City of Tacoma to make sure they are aware of it and so they can comment appropriately.

by izenmania on 9/15/2008 @ 4:25pm
Perhaps you should contact the City of Tacoma to make sure they are aware of it and so they can comment appropriately.

Doubtful that this would do much good. If they don't already know about it, well... how many government bureaucracies have you known that would be able to agree upon, write and submit a formal comment in the span of a day?

by Erik on 9/15/2008 @ 5:12pm
One can hope izenmania.

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Congrats! That must mean you have greater control over the internets with your new position.

by Twisty on 9/15/2008 @ 5:43pm
I support the wireless companies. And you should, too.

Local governments too often impose onerous requirements on cell towers, merely because they smell money. Wireless subscribers foot the bill.

by Erik on 9/15/2008 @ 8:07pm
I support the wireless companies. And you should, too.

I think most of us support them financially. All the more reason we want them to build cell towers in the city responsibly rather than blightfully.