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T-Mobile v. Township of West Bloomfield
Practical Implications of the 6th Circuit's Decision

September 25, 2012

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys and executives in the telecommunications industry; developers; investors; and local government representatives.

Why You Should Order

On August 21, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit joined several other circuits in a developing body of case law instructing local governments on how to address cell tower and antenna applications. In T-Mobile Central, LLC v. Charter Township of West Bloomfield, the court addressed questions of "gaps in coverage", "the local record required", and the local jurisdiction's burden of proof to reject a tower application in the zoning and planning process. The decision is significant as it continues development of "best practices" that both cellular companies and local authorities must keep in mind as they consider controversial tower sites. The decision comes on the heels of Congressional action in February 2012 which purported to give certain cell antennae "co-location by right".

Our panel of speakers have extensive national experience in these issues and will address the trends in the courts, including contrary views in some circuits, as well as the experience to date with the federal collocation statute. This is a must-attend TeleBriefing for practitioners, planners and other local officials involved in the process of permitting and approving cell tower and antenna siting.

What You Will Learn

What Attendees Said


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

12:00 pm

T-Mobile v. Township of West Bloomfield

Practical implications for local governments and for industry

Nicholas P. Miller, Esq., Moderator, Partner
Best Best & Krieger LLP / Washington, DC

T. Scott Thompson, Esq., Partner
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Washington, DC

Michael J. Watza, Esq., Principal
Kitch Drutchas Law Firm / Detroit, MI

1:00 pm

Q & A (for up to 30 minutes)



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Our Distinguished Panel

Nicholas P. Miller, Moderator, is partner in Best Best & Krieger LLP's Municipal and Redevelopment Law practice group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Miller's practice focuses on representing local governments and joint powers authorities across the nation as they serve as landlords, regulators and operators of modern wireline and wireless telecommunications networks. He is well known for his involvement in the policy and the legislative aspects of communications law. He previously served as the U. S. Senate Communications Counsel and as a special consultant to the White House on telephone deregulation issues.

T. Scott Thompson, partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, advises, lobbies, negotiates, and litigates on behalf of companies in the wireless and telecommunications industries, including representing clients in the FCC's Wireless Shot Clock proceeding. In addition, he has successfully litigated numerous cases to protect the rights of communications providers to deploy their networks and facilities.

Michael J. Watza, principal of Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook, heads the governmental litigation and affairs practice at the firm. Mr. Watza's areas of concentration include litigated, legislative and administrative solutions on behalf of municipal, non profit and private sector clients. Mr. Watza represents clients in state and federal trial courts throughout Michigan and has argued in both the State and U.S. Court of Appeals as well as attended to regulatory matters before the Michigan Public Service Commission, Tax Tribunal, Department of Labor and Economic Growth and Federal Communication Commission.