Supreme Court Rules Local Towns Can’t Hold Up Cell Towers

Posted by at 9:15 am on May 20, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court has sided with the Federal Communications Commission regarding a dispute over cell towers.

Wireless industry players complained to the FCC that local governments are often slowing down the process to adjust existing cell towers or install new ones. The FCC recommends that local jurisdictions should act on amendments to existing towers within three months and on new towers within five months.

The Supreme Court agrees. Several cities had challenged the FCC’s authority on the matter. The Supreme Court voted 6-3 in the FCC’s favor, rejecting the cities’ claims.

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