For those AT&T wireless customers who experienced crappy cell-phone reception in the Carmel Valley area early last year, we now know the culprit: Hotel mogul and newspaper publisher Douglas Manchester.

Federal Communications Commission records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show Manchester played a two-month cat-and-mouse game with AT&T representatives and FCC enforcers who sought to shut down two unlicensed cell-phone-signal boosters installed on Manchester’s property.

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