Minnesota Small Cell Right of Way Legislation: Paving the Way Toward 5G

Event Description

Deadline to Register: December 11th

The Minnesota Legislature enacted substantial changes to Minnesota’s telecommunications right-of-way statute last session to streamline right-of-way access for small cell wireless providers deploying small and micro cell technology.  The wireless industry promises this technology, when deployed, will enable 5G wireless services, the next generation of wireless voice and broadband service.  Local governments and cable service providers had concerns about the legislation.  At this panel you will hear from representatives of the major stakeholders that participated in negotiating and lobbying the legislation, and receive an update on 5G deployment activity in Minnesota.

Lunch will be provided.


Paul Weirtz  | President AT&T of Minnesota

Paul Weirtz was named President of AT&T Minnesota in March 2013.  As the president for AT&T Minnesota, Paul leads AT&T’s legislative and community affairs activities in the state and works closely with community leaders, legislators and other policy makers, as well as local and regional business leaders and customers.  In 2017, Paul was instrumental in advocating for state legislation that streamlines the process for the deployment of small cell technology in Minnesota, paving the way for the next generation of wireless technology in the state.  Paul was also appointed by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton to a three-year term on the Governor’s Broadband Task Force in 2015.

Pamela Whitmore | Research Attorney | Minnesota League of Cities

Pamela Whitmore works as an attorney at the League of Minnesota Cities, and also coordinates the special services provided by the League regarding civility, good governance and conflict resolution. Ms. Whitmore serves as the subject matter expert for telecommunications issues at the League, was involved with the negotiations of the recent state law amendments to Minnesota’s Use and Regulation of Public Right-of-Way statute, and actively responds to FCC Notices on behalf of the League.  Before joining the League, Pamela worked as a litigation attorney at Iverson Reuvers and specialized in municipal law.

Tony Mendoza | Attorney | Mendoza Law LLC

With over 20 years of experience working with communications, technology, and entertainment clients, Tony Mendoza is one of the leading communications, technology, and entertainment attorneys in the Upper Midwest, advocating for his clients across all levels of government.  He helps clients negotiate and close complex commercial transactions involving regulated companies, obtain regulatory approvals, and advocates for clients regarding legislative and policy matters.  Tony is an active member of the MSBA’s Communications Law Section, currently serving his second stint as Section Chair, and is also a member of the Arts & Entertainment Law Section.

CLE Credits:

1.0 Standard CLE Credit approved | Event Code: 249919 


Section Member:  $10
MSBA Member not in the Section:  $15
Non-MSBA Member:  $20
Law Students:  Free
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Seattle Room / Dorsey & Whitney LLP Minneapolis, MN United States