Grandfather Twilight Towers

EWA filed Reply Comments in response to an FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and Notice of Inquiry (NOI) that seeks to implement new policies intended to accelerate the deployment of wireless broadband facilities.  EWA’s comments focused on one aspect of this effort – resolution of the so-called “Twilight Towers” issue, in which the Alliance supported “grandfathering” such facilities, and granting them the same collocation rights as towers constructed prior to March 16, 2001.

Essentially, EWA supported offering Twilight Towers the same exclusion from Section 106 historic preservation reviews that have already been granted to pre-March 16, 2001, tower installations. As with the pre-2001 towers, however, the collocation exemption would not apply if (1) the new antenna would result in a substantial increase in the size of the tower; (2) the tower had been determined by the FCC to have an adverse effect on any historic properties; (3) the tower was the subject of a pending environmental review or related proceeding before the Commission involving Section 106 compliance; or (4) the tower owner or proposed tenant had received formal notification that a complaint had been submitted to the FCC alleging an adverse effect on one or more historic properties from a member of the public, a Tribal Nation, a State Historic Preservation Office or the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

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