Small Cell Zoning: It’s a Problem, We Can Fix It

Please join Md7 Vice President, Tom Leddo, as he moderates the Small Cell Zoning: It’s a Problem, We Can Fix It panel at this year’s Tower & Small Cell Summit, co-located with CTIA Super Mobility 2016. The panel will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, at the Sands Expo & Convention Center, San Polo Meeting Room (Rooms 3401 – 3501).


Zoning is the Achilles’ Heel of small cell site development. The conflict between municipalities and cell site developers is stifling deployment and slowing wireless growth. This panel will cover common mistakes made in siting small cells and in creating zoning ordinances, as well as how we can improve the relationship between site developers and municipalities in order to move wireless industry densification initiative forward.


Tom Leddo, Vice President, Md7 (MODERATOR)

Tom Leddo is a wireless industry executive with over twenty years of experience in developing and promoting new business concepts, maximizing business efficiency and negotiating. He has particular expertise in wireless real estate. Prior to Md7, Tom served as a Principal for BridgeWest, LLC, a private equity firm in San Diego, California that focused on wireless infrastructure. Tom also successfully founded and managed two niche tower companies from inception to sale, one in Arlington, Virginia and the other in Mexico City, Mexico. Tom entered the wireless industry in 1995 with Columbia Spectrum Management in Vienna, Virginia by negotiating complex, multi-party microwave relocation agreements on behalf of wireless carriers that secured FCC licenses in the initial PCS auction.

Jeffrey Melching, Partner, Rutan & Tucker LLP

Jeffrey Melching devotes a substantial portion of his practice to municipal law, land use planning and entitlement activities. He is the City Attorney for the City of Irvine and the City of Menifee, and the General Counsel for the Orange County Great Park Corporation. Jeff provides telecommunications advice to various clients throughout California in both entitlement and litigation contexts. Other significant components of Jeff’s practice include telecommunications law, cable law, adoption and implementation of fee programs under the Mitigation Fee Act, and land use litigation involving Constitutional (Free Exercise and/or Free Speech) issues.

Tripp May, Partner, Telecom Law Firm, PC

Tripp May specializes in wireless and broadband infrastructure regulatory and transactional matters for both public agencies and private property owners around the country. Approximately 50% of his practice involves advising local agencies on how to handle wireless permit applications on private property and in the public right of way. He also drafts and updates wireless permit applications, review procedures and code provisions for permitting agencies in states across the country.

Don Bach, VP of Engineering, SAC Wireless

Don Bach has spent the last thirty years working in telecom, beginning with analog two-way radio and public safety radio and working through the cellular revolution/evolution in various technician and engineering roles. Prior to SAC Wireless, Don was an RF Engineer at Nextel and Sprint.

Christopher B. Fisher, Partner, Cuddy & Feder LLP

Chris Fisher is Chair of Cuddy & Feder LLP’s Telecommunications Practice where he leads a team of dedicated professionals representing wireless operators, tower companies, and DAS and small cell infrastructure firms. He is President and a founding Board member of the New York State Wireless Association and a member of the WIA Innovation and Technology Council.

August 25, 2016
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