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Crown Castle Merges With Crown Castle

Crown Castle stockholders voted to adopt the previously announced merger agreement with its wholly owned subsidiary, Crown Castle REIT. Crown Castle began operating as a REIT for tax purposes on January 1, and this proposal to complete the merger ensures the effective adoption of certain charter provisions that implement REIT-related ownership limitations and transfer restrictions related to its capital stock. The merger is expected to close no later than December 31, 2014, according to the company press release.


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Federal Government to Build Nationwide Communications Network

The FCC’s auction has raised more than enough funds for the federal government to build a nationwide communications network for first responders, according to the National Journal. “The network will help police, firefighters, and other public-safety officials from different agencies communicate with each other during emergencies. It is intended to handle high-speed data, so officials should be able to send photos and videos to each other, helping them coordinate their responses,” Brendan Sasso of the National Journal explained.


Tower Expansion in Baton Rouge

The East Baton Rouge Parish Planning Commission in Louisiana approved a plan that would allow AT&T towers to be constructed in the area. Jon F. Leyens, Jr., an attorney with Baker Donelson in New Orleans representing AT&T locally said the company had been trying to construct a tower on the property of Lee High School since 2006, according to the Times-Picayune. AT&T’s project was put on hold when the school decided to rebuild.


Slow and Steady Not Ideal for Emergency Radio Tower

Even though slow and steady usually wins the race, the emergency radio system in Columbus, North Carolina, needs to be up and running, and soon. In April the Board of County Commissioners approved a $377,000 improvement plan for the county’s $1.3 million radio system, according to the Fay Observer. However, there has been little progress since April. Tests have been conducted to determine whether existing towers across the county can handle the additional equipment, but the improvements can’t be made until all seven tower sites are ready.