Cities challenge FCC’s wireless big foot, AT&T tells court it isn’t big enough

by Steve Blum • , , , ,

Cities and counties in western states, and their lobbying organisations, asked the federal appeals court in San Francisco to block a ruling by the Federal Communications Commission that would take away most local authority over small cells and other wireless facility permits, and preempt ownership of municipal assets, such as streetlight poles, in the public right of way. Links to all the documents filed last week are here

AT&T and Sprint also challenged the FCC’s decision, because, they say, it didn’t go far enough. They want to be automatically granted the right to attach their equipment to existing poles if cities take too long to reach a final decision on permits – 60 days for attachments to existing poles, 90 days for new ones.

I’ll post a deeper dive into all of this tomorrow morning.