CCA Commends FCC for Adopting Infrastructure Order to Streamline Wireless Deployments
Washington, DC – March 22, 2018 – Today, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) adopted a Second Report and Order (“Order”) that clarifies and modifies the procedures for National Historic Preservation Act (“NHPA”) and National Environmental Protection Act (“NEPA”) review of wireless infrastructure deployments and defines small wireless facilities as not a federal undertaking. Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) thanks the Commission for adopting the Order, as modernized procedures will accelerate mobile broadband deployment for the benefit of the economy and consumers, especially those in rural America.
In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “I thank the Commission for adopting the Second Report and Order, which is a significant step toward closing the digital divide. I commend Commissioner Carr for his steadfast work and leadership on improving mobile broadband infrastructure policies, which no doubt will benefit all consumers, especially those that live and travel in rural areas. As he mentioned during today’s Open Meeting, Commissioner Carr saw first-hand, in meetings with CCA member Shentel in rural Virginia, not only how the current regulatory maze of red tape is hindering build-out, but also the tremendous opportunities that robust mobile broadband provides consumers, small businesses and the economy as a whole.”
“CCA members provide service in some of the most remote parts of the United States and care deeply about their local communities. Providing much-needed clarity in the NHPA and NEPA review processes will allow carriers the opportunity to make faster, more informed decisions when building out their networks, and will allow operators to provide critical services to these important areas. I thank the FCC for its work to get all of America ‘5G ready’ and fully support FCC efforts to help close the coverage gap.”
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.
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