1st Edition

Antenna Zoning Broadcast, Cellular & Mobile Radio, Wireless Internet- Laws, Permits & Leases

By Fred Hopengarten Copyright 2009
    448 Pages
    by Routledge

    448 Pages
    by Routledge

    If you are building, adding to, modifying, or even upgrading a commercial antenna system, and most especially if you hope to erect a new tower, then zoning laws apply to you. Antenna Zoning enables you to successfully navigate structure regulations, permitting, and even lease negotiations. Whether you are involved with broadcast radio or television, cellular telephone, paging, wireless internet service, or other telecommunications, this book is a must-have before you begin work on the project.

    Author Fred Hopengarten is a specialized communications lawyer with extensive experience in antenna and tower regulation, and has been involved in many high-profile zoning cases. His first-hand experience comes to you in this book with lessons learned, case studies, examples, and material you can use presented in an easy-to-understand manner.

    1: Principles That Will Help You Win
    2: The Process in a Nutshell
    3: Your Winning Team
    4: Basic Preparations
    5: Getting to Know the Players
    6: Selected Applicable Law
    7: Possible Objections--Safety Issues
    8: Possible Objections--Aesthetic, Noise, and Nuisance Issues
    9: Possible Objections--Environmental Issues
    10: Possible Objections--Diversionary Tactics
    11: The Permit Application
    12: Public Hearings--Your Big Moment in the Spotlight
    13: Deliberations and Decisions
    14: Appeals
    15: Lawsuits
    16: Now Get the Permit and Build Your Antenna System
    17: Awkward Post-Permit Situations
    18: Post-Construction Issues
    19: Lease Issues
    20: Drafting or Redrafting a Bylaw, or State Statute


    Since 1990, Fred Hopengarten has been a communications lawyer (practicing mostly in the field of antennas and towers) and a consultant to venture capital firms on communications investments. He has handled hard questions in over 250 tower matters, including a case pertaining to one of the largest mountain top antenna farms in the United States. He is also an industry speaker for organizations such as the Electronics Industries Association, the National Association of Broadcasters, the Society of Broadcast Engineers, and the Satellite Communications Users' Conference. Mr. Hopengarten's published works include: zoning articles for Communications-Engineering Digest, ComputerWorld, Cable Television Business, CableVision, Cable Marketing, Broadcasting and in 2001, the American Radio Relay League published his book Antenna Zoning for the Radio Amateur. He is a graduate of Colby College, Boston College Law School, and Harvard Business School. As you might expect, his website is www.antennazoning.com.

    ".a valuable addition to your broadcast management bookshelf, dense with useful information and supporting materials...If you are active in tower projects, and particularly if you are new to zoning, this is well worth the investment. The book and CD-ROM represent hundreds of hours' worth of legal and tower expertise that you're getting for maybe the cost of 30 minutes of a lawyer's or consultant's time." -- Paul J. McClane, Editor, Radio World