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Professional Appearances Archives | Telecom Law Firm, P.C.

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 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

By | Firm News

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.

Dot-law Domain Gives Legal Industry Advantage in Brand Management

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In the article, “Dot-law up for grabs, but efficacy doubted” published in the Daily Journal on August 15, 2015, Founder and Principal Attorney Jonathan Kramer discusses how his firm has acquired the premium domain names wireless.lawyer and wireless.lease, which have helped them bring in “type-in traffic”.

The article also highlights how the addition of dot-law domains will change the future for law firms worldwide. With the introduction of a dot-law domain being reserved specifically for the legal industry, some experts are questioning the value of this high-level domain. With dispute over whether or not it will help firms establish a greater internet presence, Kramer says, “People will be doing general searches when they don’t know what they’re looking for so they’ll type in words like ‘wireless’ and ‘lawyer,’ and our website will pop up”.

The Tower of Power: Telecom Law Firm Featured in Daily Journal for Their Wireless Work

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In the Daily Journal feature, The Tower of Power, Telecom Law Firm’s attorneys discusses their wireless transactional and regulatory matters—which includes leasing, licensing, easements, sales, permitting and everything in between—for their private and public entity clients.

These days new-business primarily comes from issues related to wireless leases for corporate, government and private individual clients. Firm partner Robert “Tripp” May III says, “It’s such a niche area, so you would think we would have a limited number of opportunities to have clients. But with hundreds of thousands of cell sites, that’s not the case.”

Founder and principal attorney, Jonathan Kramer, explains that this work generally fits into three categories: “Representing a landlord negotiating or renewing a cell lease; representing landlords monetizing an existing site lease by selling it; and recovery of underpayments.” Many clients discover that the carriers owe them back rent or other damages because nearly 30% of cell sites they encounter have some material uncured breach.

Most importantly, clients rave in the article. One government official tells the Daily Journal that “[Kramer] is the expert in the field. He wrote our new wireless ordinance and has guided us, kept us apprised of all the new rulings that come through regarding wireless technology and what the FCC is doing. Anytime we have these technical questions that we just can’t answer, he’s our go-to person who can answer them in a way we can really understand.” And a real estate management company recounts how “Tripp immediately reviewed our documentation and contacted the cell site provider. Within two weeks we had met with Tripp and the cell site provider and resolved the outstanding issues.”

Recent Changes in the Law That May Affect Leases with Wireless Carriers

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In the article, “Reader Alert: New FCC Rules Affect New and Existing Cell Site Leases” published by the California Real Property Journal of the State Bar of California, co-authors Christina R. Sansone and Natalia Shparber inform public and private cell site landlords about an important recent development in telecommunications law. The article discusses the recently-published Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Report and Order (FCC’s Order) which interprets a new federal statute, Section 6409(a) of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Section 6409(a)). The new statute radically changes the process by which certain cell tower permits may be granted or denied by local agencies. Key takeaways from the FCC’s Order for cell site landlords include:

Definitions of key technical terms;
Guidelines for understanding the FCC’s Order;
How certain new limitations to a local government’s zoning and land use authority may affect cell site installations or modifications on a landlord’s property.
Anticipated challenges to Section 6409(a) and the FCC’s Order.
In this era of skyrocketing mobile usage, a landlord should be vigilant about protecting the property and understand the practices used by cell site tenants that may compromise a landlord’s rights. The article contains a number of recommended practices such as periodically auditing the leased premises to verify compliance with the terms of the lease, and attaching copies of plans and permits to document each change in the cell site. A landlord should also look for opportunities to amend the lease in the event a tenant wishes to expand the size and scope of the cell site.

Read Full Article PDF.

Upcoming Webinar: Robert May III to Participate on International Municipal Lawyers Association Webinar on Crafting a New Wireless Ordinance [6/9/15]

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Shareholder/Attorney Robert May III will present on the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s (IMLA) webinar, “Crafting Your Community’s New Wireless Ordinance”, on July 9 at 1:00 PM ET. The webinar, offered to IMLA members, will summarize the Federal Law of Cell Tower Zoning, including key court cases, the 2012 Federal statute, the Federal Communications Commission’s safety standards on radio frequency emissions and how to manage the wireless industry given the new set of rules in the webinar.

IMLA is a non-profit organization focused on assisting local government lawyers maneuver through the legal issues facing local governments.

Become a member of IMLA today and gain access to its extensive set of resources.

Upcoming Webinar: Jonathan L. Kramer Educates Property Owners on Getting the Best Price and Terms for Cell Tower Leases and Sales [6/1015 & 6/24/15]

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Founder and Principal Attorney Jonathan L. Kramer will present the webinar, “Cell Tower Leases and Sales: Getting the Best Price and Terms”, hosted by Lorman Education Services, on June 10 and June 24. Join Mr. Kramer as he discusses the key aspects of cell tower leases and the sale of such leases. An emphasis will be on industry specific elements and the terms of modern cell site leases, as well as why property owners can achieve large rent increases on the renewal or extension of existing leases.

Lorman is an organization that educates business professionals on evolving regulations, laws and business changes by regularly offering live webinars presented by industry leaders.

Wireless Regulation and Radio Frequency Emissions Workshop

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Jonathan L. Kramer, principal attorney, and Robert C. May III, partner of Telecom Law Firm, presented a Wireless Regulation and Radio Frequency Emissions workshop for Bay Area communities hosted by Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley. Mr. May discussed how federal and state wireless regulations impact local zoning authority and Mr. Kramer focused his presentation on the federal radio frequency emissions standards set by the FCC.

The discussion focused on best practices in an increasingly challenging regulatory environment. Mr. May said, “Although new federal regulations generally hold local jurisdictions’ feet to the procedural fire, nothing in those regulations prevents governments and carriers from reaching private agreements about how to process wireless development projects. Reasonable solutions tend to prevail when governments and carriers communicate.”

Mr. Kramer said, “The new federal rules do not change the fact that the FCC continues to preempt the field of RF emissions regulation. However, local officials can and should independently determine whether a proposed wireless site demonstrates planned compliance with the federal limits. That should be determined by the local government and added into the administrative record.”