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Cities Sue Feds Over 5G Rules

Cities want more control over the deployment of 5G technology. The federal government has been working to limit local regulatory powers over new wireless technology.
October 30, 2018, 12pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Alexis Kramer reports: "Los Angeles, Seattle, and 22 other cities and counties are suing the Federal Communications Commission over its move to limit local government fees on 5G network equipment applications."

In all, local governments filed "three separate lawsuits asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to overturn a commission order that would restrict how much cities can charge AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc., and other carriers to process applications for the build-out of next generation wireless infrastructure," according to Kramer. The lawsuits are supported by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, adds Kramer.

The order in question was signed in September, though the federal government already displayed a willingness to let wireless providers call the shots in the rollout of 5G technology.

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Published on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 in Bloomberg
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