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Telecommunications And The Cell Tower Wars

July 18, 2003

Authors: Joseph P. Williams, Matthew Ranelli

With its recent decision in Town of Westport v. Connecticut Siting Council, 260 Conn. 266 (2002), the Connecticut Supreme Court has narrowed the battlefield over siting local wireless communication towers from two venues to one. The court upheld a Superior Court ruling giving the Connecticut Siting Council exclusive jurisdiction over siting cellular and non-cellular wireless communication facilities. The Westport case thus has resolved Connecticut's formerly split jurisdiction scheme - unless, of course, the General Assembly acts to change the law. Joseph Williams and Matthew Ranelli provide an overview of this issue.

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