Antenna Zoning: Broadcast, Cellular & Mobile Radio, Wireless Internet- Laws, Permits & Leases, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Antenna Zoning

Broadcast, Cellular & Mobile Radio, Wireless Internet- Laws, Permits & Leases, 1st Edition

By Fred Hopengarten


440 pages

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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.


".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

Table of Contents


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

About the Author

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

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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies