Wireless Groups Ask for Separate Brief in Infrastructure Suit

Wireless associations PCIA (infrastructure) and CTIA (carriers) have joined to ask a federal court to let them file a separate brief from the FCC in a fight over tower siting.

While the associations are on the same side as the FCC, they say there are enough differences that they want to weigh in separately in a challenge to the FCC's rules by Montgomery County, Md., which was joined by the city of Bellevue, Wash.

Those include that the FCC did not give the wireless associations all the relief they had sought, and that the government’s interests are not the same as the associations', and their reasoning behind supporting the FCC decision will likely diverge, and the associations may even offer legal theories or opinions adverse to those of the FCC.

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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.