Arstechnica | Verizon sues town to keep away from paying 5G charges, says the FCC has its again

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lawsuit ^(https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.nywd.125055/gov.uscourts.nywd.125055.1.0_1.pdf), filed in US District Court docket for the Western District of New York on Thursday, claims that the charges are upper than the ones allowed via federal regulation. As evidence, Verizon issues to a Federal Communications Fee preemption order ^(https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/09/ajit-pai-slams-cities-and-towns-as-fcc-erases-2-billion-in-local-fees/) from final 12 months that makes an attempt to restrict the charges and aesthetic necessities towns and cities impose on provider deployments. Rochester imposed its new charges ^(https://officialsmartphoneblog.blogspot.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/February-19-2019-Certified-Ordinances.pdf) in February of this 12 months.

Verizon will have an excellent chance of profitable its lawsuit if that FCC preemption order stands. However the FCC is being sued via towns ^(https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/10/cities-will-sue-fcc-to-stop-2-billion-giveaway-to-wireless-carriers/) from Washington, Oregon, California, and Arizona, which which declare ^(https://officialsmartphoneblog.blogspot.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/cities-vs-fcc.pdf) that the preemption is prohibited. (Towns from Florida, Colorado, Nevada, and New York additionally intervened within the lawsuit to beef up the case in opposition to the FCC.) The result of that case may just have an effect on the Verizon go well with in opposition to Rochester and any identical complaints filed in opposition to towns someday.

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