Sep. 11, 2019

FCC Shot Clocks 10, 9, 8...What are they good for? Maybe a federal lawsuit

By: Thomas A. Shepardson, Esq.

Shot clocks are intended to spur action on the part of opposing entities.  For example, the National Basketball Association has the 24-second shot clock, and college basketball opted for a shot clock following the University of North Carolina’s four-corners “offense”.  Even in chess, players must stop the clock after they make a move. The Federal Communications Commission took this to heart and applied the shot clock concept to approval of personal wireless facilities, thereby turning timeframes for municipal review and approval or disapproval of applications to deploy wireless facilities into a possible federal claim, if not met. 

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