Verizon sued the city of Rochester, NY, alleging the city’s Telecommunications Code violates FCC rules. At issue are fees for siting small cells, pole attachments and rights-of-way compensation, according to WHAM-TV. The company asserts Rochester’s fees for underground and aerial installations are unreasonable and “discriminatory.”
The case began after the carrier tried to upgrade its network for 5G.
Verizon says it submitted plans to the city, including changes to comply
with the code. However, the carrier asserts the code enacted by the
city did not include Verizon’s suggestions, which the carrier alleges
would make the code compliant with the FCC’s rule.
In April, Verizon says it learned “an unavoidable and actual controversy
exists” with the city, according to the account. In July, the carrier
alleges, Rochester told Verizon it needs to sign a master license
agreement, complete permit applications and pay all fees that stacked up
after the code became effective, reported WHAM. Continue Reading