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Supremes Side With T-Mobile on Tower Citing

The stars seemed to be aligning in Washington on Wednesday (Jan. 14) for the President's push for high-speed broadband, including clearing away impediments to broadband buildouts.    

The Supreme Court ruled on T-Mobile v. City of Roswell Jan. 14 that the Telecommunications Act requires local governments to provide timely reasons for denying a tower-citing request, and that simply sending a letter and providing a transcript of the hearing 26 days later did not cut it.    

T-Mobile had sued the city of Roswell, Ga., arguing that the city council denial was not supported by substantial evidence in a written decision stating the reasons. A district court agreed, but The Eleventh Circuit U.S. court of Appeals concluded that the denial letter and transcript were sufficient.

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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.