Prince Lobel Telecommunications Event: Zoning for In-Building Coverage – New Traps for the Unwary

July 19, 2011

As wireless providers continue to build out their networks, they face new hurdles as they try to provide in-building service to predominantly residential areas and other challenging environments. Recent case law has shed new light on traditional legal concepts that could adversely affect your build-out and deployment plans, if the practitioner is caught unaware.

In addition to practical legal issues, we also discussd technical issues with the help of Jay Maciejewski. Jay is the director of engineering for Nexius, an industry leader in providing technical assistance to wireless providers developing their wireless networks.

Joining Jay in this interactive panel discussion were attorneys from Prince Lobel’s Telecommunications Practice Group, who discussed the legal issues involved with zoning sites for in-building coverage. Firm attorneys have extensive experience in obtaining permits for difficult wireless sites throughout New England.

Discussed were recent case law developments, including the legal implications for those involved in building out wireless networks, plus:

  • What constitutes a significant gap in coverage in today’s techno-intensive world
  • What services are protected by the Telecommunications Act of 1996
  • Are all coverage thresholds protected by the Telecommunications Act of 1996?
  • What constitutes substantial evidence
  • Providing an effective alternative sites analysis
  • Overview of recent cases involving the Telecommunications Act of 1996


Rick Sousa, Partner
Prince Lobel Telecommunications Practice Group Chair

Jay Maciejewski, Director of Engineering

Brian Grossman, Partner
Prince Lobel Telecommunications Practice Group

Check out some photos from the event:



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