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Coronado, CA Adopts New Wireless Ordinance

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Last night, August 21, 2018, the City of Coronado, California adopted a new wireless ordinance.  In fact, it was their first wireless ordinance.

During the hearing, I presented a short PowerPoint presentation on 5G and why the wireless industry moves in seemingly mysterious ways.

If you’d like to learn about the new ordinance, and listen to my lecture to and discussions with the City Council, please visit:  https://coronado.12milesout.com/meeting/council/8-21-2018 and select item “8b“.

Dr. Kramer to present at HAMCOM 2017

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Dr. Jonathan Kramer, W6JLK, will present his (in)famous “I’m From the Government (Planning Department), and I’m Here” lecture at the ARRL Southwest Convention. He’ll be presenting twice on Saturday, September 16th, 2017. The first presentation will be at 10:00 a.m., followed by a repeat of the lecture at 2:00 p.m. That way you can pick the time that works best for you!

This lecture is updated to include information regarding collocations-by-right under 47 U.S.C. 1455(a) as that law applies to ham radio operators.

Hamcom 2017 will be held at:

Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach Hotel

3635 Fashion Way

Torrance, CA 90501

For more information regarding registration and discounted hotel reservations, you can visit http://www.hamconinc.org/.

I hope to meet you in person at Hamcom!

Jonathan, W6JLK

Dr. Jonathan Kramer’s Cell Site Leasing Article in NM Lawyer

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The New Mexico Bar has published Dr. Kramer’s article “Cellular Tower Site Leasing: Avoiding Bear Traps” in its May 2017 edition of the New Mexico Lawyer (Vol. 12, No. 2). The article is a lease agreement primer for attorneys or landlords who are dealing with a wireless carrier wants to lease property for a cell site. Most or all of the insights shared in the article will be valuable to any attorney or landlord in other states. (Download PDF)

New Mexico Lawyer is Copyright © 2017 by the New Mexico Bar.

Upcoming Webinar: Cell Tower Leases (Lorman 12/8/16)

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John Pestle and Dr. Jonathan Kramer will, once again, present their very popular “Current Issues in Cell Tower Leases” live Lorman webinar on December 8, 2016. This 90 minute webinar covers virtually all of the key aspects of cell site leases from the Landlord’s perspective.

A unique aspect of this popular webinar is that we will stay on the webinar until all participant questions are answered, even if we run over the scheduled 90 minute time frame.

If you sign up with Lorman using the link below, you’ll receive a 50% savings over the regular catalog price.

For more information and to receive a 50% registration discount CLICK HERE.

 

Learn about the key aspects of cell tower leases and the sales of such leases.

The wireless industry has built more than 300,000 cell sites in the United States in the past 20 years. But many more cell sites are needed as iPhones®, iPads®, Droids and the like strain existing network capacity. More sites are needed to meet the government’s goal of using wireless to increase broadband speeds and coverage. At the same time, tower management companies are offering to buy existing cell leases and future leasing rights for large sums of money.

This topic helps level the playing field by providing private and municipal property owners with the expertise of two faculty members highly experienced in cell tower leases and sales. This will help property owners who usually are negotiating such leases or the sale of a lease for the first and only time, while the companies have teams of lawyers who work exclusively on such matters.

We will focus on key business issues in wireless site leases, including lease rates, who gets the revenues from additional antennas or carriers being co-located at a site, major rent increases for renewals and avoiding lease terms which can restrict or prevent an owner’s use or development of its own property or trigger a mortgage default. We also address the sale of cell leases and future leasing rights, including typical sale prices, when to sell, when it is generally not advisable to sell, how to get the best price and terms in a sale, and avoiding provisions that restrict the use or development of the underlying property. You will be better able to identify and resolve issues that are unique to wireless leases and sales, including what municipalities can include in a lease that cannot be included in a government-issued permit, site location and value, options on selling a lease, lease term and terminations, access requirements, interference regulation and mitigation, design and camouflage, and radio frequency emissions issues.

Dr. Jonathan Kramer to Discuss Mobilitie on eNATOA National Call

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Dr. Jonathan Kramer has been invited by NATOA to be one of three speakers on a national eNATOA conference call. Our topic will be the shape-shifting Mobilitie, which is building a new network for Sprint. Some industry pundits have called this Project Network Suicide, but maybe not.

This national call will take place on 6/21/16 at 1:00 p.m. EST. Details should be out real soon now at NATOA.ORG. Yes, Jonathan will have lot of pictures, and lots of thoughts to share regarding Mobilitie and its dozens of alias entities.

Jonathan Kramer to Discuss Mobilitie on eNATOA National Call

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Jonathan Kramer has been invited by NATOA to be one of three speakers on a national eNATOA conference call. Our topic will be the shape-shifting Mobilitie, which is building a new network for Sprint. Some industry pundits have called this Project Network Suicide, but maybe not. This national call will take place on 6/21/16 at 1:00 p.m. EASTERN TIME. Details should be out real soon now at NATOA.ORG. Yes, Jonathan will have lot of pictures, and lots of thoughts to share regarding Mobilitie and its dozens of alias entities.

Jonathan Kramer quoted in RCR Wireless News on Sprint/Mobilitie Deployment

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Telecom Law Firm founding attorney Jonathan Kramer was extensively quoted by RCR Wireless News in an article titled, “Sprint small cell delays could impact other carriers” (RCR Wireless News, May 12, 2016). Jonathan discusses speed bumps related to Mobilitie’s compliance with local codes and requirements before they can install new Sprint small cell sites. Also quoted in the article was Mobilitie’s CEO Gary Jabara, who said, “No one has the right to ‘just start digging’ as [Kramer asserts], and anyone that’s as experienced or as knowledgeable as we are, would never do such a thing.” Perhaps Mr. Jabara was unaware of the $5,000 fine issued to Mobilitie by the City of Baltimore for building a wireless site without proper permits.

Upcoming Presentation: Jonathan L. Kramer to Present on Cell Site Leasing at the National Business Institute Seminar in Albuquerque [2/10/16]

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Founder and Principal Attorney Jonathan L. Kramer will be a featured speaker at the National Business Institute’s (NBI) seminar, “Attorneys’ Guide to Local Government Law,” on February 10, 2016 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In his presentation, “Cell Site Leasing for Governments and Private Landlords: Profits, Pitfalls & Prevarications,” Mr. Kramer will discuss vital cell site lease terms, hidden traps within leases, as well as enforcement issues.

This basic-to-intermediate level seminar is designed for government law and private practice attorneys to identify potential risks and addresses best practices for current and future cell site landlords. CLEs will be awarded.

Los Angeles Times Interviews Jonathan Kramer on Cable Modem Internet Speed Bumps

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In the Los Angeles Times article, “Stuck in slow lane in Internet,” Principal Attorney Jonathan Kramer described how cable TV broadband providers don’t have to deliver to their customers the speeds they advertise. The providers rely on carefully crafted legalese in the service agreements to avoid being liable if they do not provide the advertised connection speeds. The article followed on the New York Attorney General’s investigation of cable companies asking why some customers are experiencing reduced download speeds.

Mr. Kramer says that it’s typical for these providers to sell high-speed internet access that’s “up to” a certain speed. “Those two weasel words are very important to protect telecom operators,” he adds. “Promises may be made. But the service contracts are written to carefully undo those promises” Kramer said.

This story has been picked-up by newspapers around the country.

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