For Immediate Release
Kelly Hoffman 202-314-2054 or Kelly.Hoffman@NFIB.org
NFIB Urges Supreme Court to Protect Process for Ensuring Small Business Has Access to Mobile Services
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 11, 2014 — Karen Harned, Executive Director of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center, made the following statement in response to NFIB’s amicus brief filing in T-Mobile v. City of Roswell. In this case the Supreme Court will have to decide whether local municipalities must provide detailed explanations to wireless carriers when they deny applications to build new cell towers.
“In the past, local zoning authorities often moved slowly or sought to prevent telecommunications companies from providing vital infrastructure to their communities. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 was designed to fix that problem by requiring denials to be subject to effective judicial oversight. However, this case threatens this important process. Small businesses depend on the continued improvement and deployment of wireless towers and mobile phone service. We urge the Supreme Court to see how critical this case is to both the telecommunications industry and national economic growth.”
The NFIB Small Business Legal Center is a 501(c)(3) organization created to protect the rights of America's small business owners by providing advisory material on legal issues and by ensuring that the voice of small business is heard in the nation's courts. The National Federation of Independent Business is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals