Local Governments Appeal Court Decision Upholding FCC’s 5G Rules

Route Fifty: A broad coalition of nearly 50 cities, counties and municipal organizations filed an appeal this week challenging a federal appellate court ruling that restricted their ability to regulate the placement of 5G infrastructure and limited the fees they can charge companies.

The local governments have asked the entire 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear their case, which had challenged the legality of Federal Communications Commission rules. In August, a panel of three judges from the 9th Circuit upheld the rules, which limit local governments’ oversight of the infrastructure, as well as their ability to charge telecom providers money to attach them to city-owned infrastructure.

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