Court Puts Off Decision On Cell Tower Backup Power

     WASHINGTON (CN) – Wireless companies will have to wait to challenge a new rule requiring them to maintain certain levels of emergency backup power, the D.C. Circuit ruled.

     The Wireless Association had sued the Federal Communications Commission, which enacted the rules after cell phone towers were rendered useless during Hurricane Katrina.
     Judge Randolph ruled that the case is not ripe for review yet. The Office of Management and Budget has not yet determined how it will collect information to ensure that companies are complying.
     The court will hold the issue in abeyance because the Paperwork Reduction Act requires the budget office to approve the data collection procedures.

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