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Supreme Court says local governments can't hold up cell tower buildouts

Supreme Court says local governments can't hold up cell tower buildouts

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The Supreme Court today voted in favor of the FCC in a dispute around the speed with which local governments implement proposals to build or expand cell towers. According to the Associated Press, the 6-3 vote in favor of the FCC enforces the FCC's recommendation that local jurisdictions act on proposed expansions to existing towers within three months and on proposals for new towers within five months. Previously, wireless carriers had complained to the FCC that local governments were slowing down the process for updating or installing cell towers, but several cities challenged the FCC's authority. Now, it looks like that challenge has been put to bed, which should help smaller cities or towns from essentially filibustering cell network expansions. While we imagine there will occasionally be roadblocks put up from some cities, this will hopefully streamline cellular tower buildouts a bit.

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