CCA Applauds FCC’s Ongoing Action to Address Infrastructure Siting Barriers
Washington, DC – September 25, 2018 – At today’s Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) voted to adopt a Declaratory Ruling and Third Report and Order to address inconsistent and unpredictable siting obstacles faced by competitive carriers at the state and local levels. Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) applauds the FCC’s adoption of today’s item, which builds upon jurisdictions that have adopted reasonable legislation and continue to support the Commission’s smart policies. Specifically, CCA is heartened that the item clarifies the scope and meaning of Sections 253 and 332(c)(7) of the Communications Act, as amended; identifies specific fee levels for small wireless deployments; provides guidance on local non-fee requirements, including aesthetic standards; and establishes shot clocks for small wireless facility deployments.
“I am delighted that the FCC is taking the necessary steps to advance America’s position in the global race to 5G. As FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr noted at today’s Open Meeting, ‘Winning the race to 5G… is about economic leadership for the next decade. Those are the stakes.’ And this is just as important in rural areas as it is for urban neighborhoods. Because there is no one-size-fits-all strategy to address burdensome and unreasonable infrastructure siting policies, the Commission’s adoption of the tailored-recommendations suggested by CCA and others is a critical decision to deploying next-generation and 5G networks to consumers in all areas – rural and urban alike,” said CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry.
“Indeed, the record is clear: consumers in every corner of the United States will benefit from the FCC’s Order. Reforms that create smart guardrails against rules meant to inhibit wireless broadband deployment, establish reasonable fees for reviewing siting applications – particularly for small cell deployments – and implement shot clocks for review of existing and new deployments are among those adopted by the FCC today. Collectively, these proposals will benefit rural and regional carriers and the consumers whom they serve. I again thank the FCC for its work today.
CCA is the nation’s leading association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the United States. The licensed service area of CCA’s nearly 100 carrier members covers 95 percent of the nation. Visit www.ccamobile.org.
# # #