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Muni Input Brushed Aside on Small Cell Siting, Say BDAC Reps

Two municipal representatives on the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee say localities’ concerns were brushed aside as the Commission prepared the small cells siting streamlining item, to be voted on next week.

Debbi Goldman, the representative for Communications Workers of America on the BDAC’s Model Code for Municipalities Working Group, calls the draft order “inconsistent” with the working group’s recommendations and an overreach of federal authority,” in a filing this week. The proposal sets “presumptively reasonable” siting costs at $270 per year per site, according to Goldman, who adds the working group didn’t reach a conclusion about fees because “of a lack of agreement.”

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ACLU Warns “Smart” Street Lights May Infringe on Public Privacy

According to Chad Marlow, a senior counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), energy-efficient, network-controlled LED street lights which are being deployed to build “smart cities” could be used for widespread public surveillance.

“This often scares the bejesus out of people, and for good reason,” Marlow said during a presentation in Washington, D.C., hosted by the New America Foundation. “They have a wonderful sales pitch.

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Drivers Increasingly Prefer Android Auto, Apple CarPlay Over OEM

The demand for smoother in-car smartphone integration is underway. Consumers favor wireless smartphone mirroring systems for in-car communications over fixed systems, and increasingly feel they’re a “must-have” feature when buying a car, according to Strategy Analytics.

Surveying consumers in the U.S., Western Europe and China, the In-Vehicle UX (IVX) team found access to smartphone apps through an in-car human-machine interface is increasingly important to consumers’ purchase decisions.

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AT&T, Verizon Say 99% of Their Florence-Affected Networks Are Back Up

Source: AT&T

AT&T and Verizon say they’ve made progress as they work to rebuild and restore their networks in the portions of the Carolinas affected by Hurricane Florence. They’re seeing network conditions improve as their teams address storm damage, power outages, and the damage to their local service providers’ networks.

Both say about 99 percent of their networks are now operating in the Carolinas and they’re working to address remaining outages.

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Minasian Becker LLC: Your Legal Partners for Wireless Telecommunications Transactions

Minasian Becker LLC is a certified woman-owned business with extensive experience in legal transactions for the wireless telecommunications industry.

Founded in 1995 by Jane E. Minasian, the firm works with companies in the wireless telecommunications industry throughout the United States. “One of our first clients was a major carrier and we’ve continued working with that client and other companies in the industry ever since,” said Minasian. “Our attorneys have broad experience in all facets of cell tower and antenna site leasing, conveyancing and all related real estate matters, including the finance and assignment of towers, rooftops, and other antenna installations.”

Sheila R. Becker joined the firm in 2005 after working for a major wireless carrier and two tower companies, bringing a decade of wireless telecommunications experience to the firm’s clients. “Four out of the five attorneys in the practice have supported telecom clients for around 20 years each, so collectively we have approximately 80 years of in-depth telecom experience,” said Becker.  

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