The U.S. Supreme Court bolstered the authority of federal administrative agencies, upholding Federal Communications Commission deadlines for local zoning authorities considering applications for new wireless facilities.
The high court, voting 6-3, said yesterday it would defer to the FCC's interpretation of a federal law that sets the boundaries of the agency's authority.
Although courts normally defer to the expertise of administrative agencies when they interpret ambiguous statutes, opponents of the FCC deadlines said that principle shouldn't apply when an agency is determining its own jurisdiction.
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