You, FCC, tell us again why cities are only allowed to charge rich telcos $270 to attach 5G tech to utility poles? Well, we just reached inside our A$$ and pulled it out, regulator tells court – via  TheRegister.co.uk
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You, FCC, tell us again why cities are only allowed to charge rich telcos $270 to attach 5G tech to utility poles? Well, we just reached inside our A$$ and pulled it out, regulator tells court – via TheRegister.co.uk

Brexit aside, no one can call out absurdity like the Brits can. While some folks are still caught up on the red herring that local regulation equals no 5G (that 5G which doesn’t yet exist, by the way), The Register, a UK publication that sports the tagline, “Biting the hand that feeds IT,” highlights the…

The battle over 5G deployment in America’s cities – Balch Law Group on Axios News Magazine
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The battle over 5G deployment in America’s cities – Balch Law Group on Axios News Magazine

Industry was way ahead of local government and government response for deployment of small cell wireless. They started coming to the City [Brookhaven, GA] with applications to deploy their devices and their facilities before we knew what was going on. And when we finally caught on to what was going on, we were like, “Wait…

Balch Law Group Completes Negotiations for $45M Community Investment for CHOA in Brookhaven, GA
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Balch Law Group Completes Negotiations for $45M Community Investment for CHOA in Brookhaven, GA

Chris and Balch Law Group recently completed negotiations for a $45 million Community Investment Agreement related to the construction of a $1.5 billion dollar hospital campus by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Inc. The Brookhaven hospital, sited at the corner of Interstate 85 and North Druid Hills Road, is projected to include nearly 450 beds, two…

Chris Quoted in Communications Daily
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Chris Quoted in Communications Daily

Slew of LFA Challenge Plaintiffs Reflects Communities’ Concerns – by Matt Daneman  The plethora of municipality and state plaintiffs challenging the FCC’s cable TV local franchise authority (LFA) order in court… …Chris Balch, city attorney for Brookhaven, Georgia, also a plaintiff, said his locality’s participating due to concerns about the FCC order interfering in contractual issues…

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Chris’ Recent Article in For the Defense

Defending Land-Use Cases When the Elected Official Is the Problem What to Do When They Say Something They Shouldn’t Have By Christopher D. Balch A well-conducted investigation will go a long way to helping a defense, but it is as much about public relations as about finding the truth and protecting public trust. Do the…

IMLA, Houston – Challenges at your Local Government Council Meeting: From the Elected Official to Disruptive Speakers
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IMLA, Houston – Challenges at your Local Government Council Meeting: From the Elected Official to Disruptive Speakers

Chris’ presented on the issue of disruptive speakers at local government council meetings, including a discussion of the Supreme Court’s recent case in Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach.

Professionalism & Crisis Management: Not losing your cool when all around you are losing theirs
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Professionalism & Crisis Management: Not losing your cool when all around you are losing theirs

Presented by Chris Balch at the 65th Annual City & County Attorneys Institute. University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, September 13 & 14, 2018 Seven years ago, when I first spoke on the topic of crisis management and the 24/7 news cycle, I focused on the outside risks of misfeasance coming to light: camera phones, investigative…

Next Phase of CHOA Continues – Negotiated by BLG
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Next Phase of CHOA Continues – Negotiated by BLG

Work continues on the next phase of the $1.5 Billion healthcare campus being constructed by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as part of the Community Investment Agreement negotiated by the Balch Law Group. The region’s finest facility for the treatment and care of children opened the first of three new buildings with the ribbon cutting at…