Division I - Read this if You're in Telco (And a Blurb on Law Clerks)
This whole case has to do with interpretation of pole attachment fee’s by public utility districts. The state amended a controlling statute, the district interpreted it in a way which would cost the telco companies more moolah. The telco companies refused to pay.
Anyhow, I won’t be blogging about this one. If you work in Telco - specifically in siting equipment, you should probably give this opinion a read (or have your legal department do the same).
This brings me to my next point. God Bless Law Clerks. You see, I get the choice as to whether I blog all opinions, some opinions, or just the ones I find extremely interesting. In this case, knowing I will likely never deal with computed fee rates for siting equipment on telephone poles, I can file this away in the file.
However, there are people that need to know these things. These are burning questions for them.
Our law clerks are woefully underpaid government employees. Many of them are fresh-faced law school grads. Some of them are seasoned veterans. However, they all have one thing in common. They write the preheating statements and opinions for the cases which they are assigned. The case may be something immensely interesting. It may involve gut-wrenching issues such as the final step of sending someone to prison for life or terminating parental rights. It may involve tough to read issues involving sex offenders. It may be, as is the case here, boring old telecommunications issues.
And each one is treated with the same in depth research and thorough detailed analysis.