If this is the price
If the price of 5G is to hand over even more control, power, and money to the telecoms, then I argue that we don't need 5G at all. It's far, far too expensive.
If you were to pick a moment in which America's telecoms regulator disappeared down the rabbit hole at its monthly meeting, it would probably be when the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Ajit Pai provided a full "up is down" statement. "I salute Commissioner Carr for his leadership in developing this …
"I salute Commissioner Carr for his leadership in developing this order," Pai said today of his fellow commissioner Brendan Carr while discussing a plan to set a federal limit on what local and state governments are allowed to charge telecoms companies to add new 5G mobile cell sites on their property.
"He worked very closely with many state and local officials to understand their needs and to study the policies that have worked at the state and local level. It should therefore come as no surprise that this order has won significant support from mayor, local officials and state legislatures."
There's only one problem with this statement: it is wholly, provable incorrect.
In other words, it's a fucking lie. Kieran, please stop mincing words. Call a lie a lie. It's especially easy in the Drumpf administration, as just about every pronouncement from said group is a provable lie. Stop pussyfooting around...just do it!
Ahem. Might as well use the full sentence, "States rights to keep slaves".
(For example, the declaration of causes for secession of the state of Texas)
When the Feds rule something there is still a lot local cities can do to block them (over here in the former colonies every street corner is its own separately governed city)
Classics include environment impact assements that cover every last leaf of grass, punctilious enforcement of bylaws so you are fined if a worker coughs before 8:00am or drops a cig butt. Then you put every site knee deep in OSHA (=HSE) inspectors and shut them down at the first sight of a missing approval tag on a safety boot.
If that fails you require them to get unanimous approval of half a dozen local Indian bands - all of which hate each other.
A 3G tower has been stalled here for years because an Indian band claims it will broadcast across their sacred territory and want something (it's not entirely clear what) but by the time it's settled there won't be any 3G.
'When the Feds rule something there is still a lot local cities can do to block them ...'
Your cynicism in this matter is truly shocking. Shocking, I tell you. I am sure such a thing would never happen in reality.
By the way, on a different matter, did you hear about the Trans-mountain pipeline in British Columbia? There are all sorts of problems getting it built, because the BC government keeps asking for extra environmental impact studies, and then challenging the results in court.
Oh, and the Supreme Court has just ruled that First Nations were inadequately consulted, so that has to be done again, after which the First Nations intend to challenge the environmental impact studies. ...
And even then Burnaby (the suburb where it reaches the sea) can make all its own rules about building permits, rights of way, road closures for construction trafffic etc.
Picture the Eu but with every local council in europe having its own politicians, elections, laws and vetos
It’s funny how the mayors see it as an opportunity to gain funds from the telcos but don’t see it’ll just cost their citizens more as the telcos pass on the extra costs.
Lowering the charges for next gen comms May just attract more employers or even employees settling in those neighbourhoods adding to overall prosperity.
I’m sure Corbyn will charge our companies more once he’s in power as he doesn’t see the link between the costs companies pay and what consumers are ultimately charged.
To prevent the cities from extorting...
In my experience, when someone uses the word "just" in commenting on a technical matter, they don't have a clue what they are talking about ("Why don't you just turn off AV and firewall for all these web servers so they will run better?") or they are straight up lying ("Don't worry. It's just the tip."). If your thesis is that all taxation is extortion and therefor what has been done by the various local jurisdictions is wrong, I would place your comment in Column A. Otherwise, just* stop with the BS.
* For the sardonically impaired, this does not a constitute a technical matter.
...shows why allowing senior positions to be filled by appointment might not the best idea in the world.
Nepotism is bad enough, but from the outside (not based in Americas) these two appointments and the subsequent "works" look like deliberate sabotage - Pai seems to be working against the remit of his organisation? Certainly as his predecessors saw it!
But then I'd suggest that the whole "Presidential appointments..." routine/circus needs an overhaul!
There's a reason independent authorities leaders are appointed and not elected - and it's exactly they should be selected and appointed (by elected officials) to be independent from political partisanship and seeking election or re-election - and are only responsible towards the State and the Law.
Nor you can ask people to vote for each and every position - i..e. a president is elected, but ministers are appointed.
That's why, also, in most countries all levels of judges and prosecutors are not elected (that doesn't make the system perfect, though).
The problem then becomes how they are selected - if their posts just become a spoil system prize, and very partisan people are appointed instead of reaching a broader consensus on independent ones, you get a Pai.
Anyway, when a country becomes so polarized like US (and not only), and rules are broken and bent to suit whoever holds power in a given moment, there's really no regulatory system that could stand - idiocy can only be stopped removing the idiots.