One Small Step … Tower Deployments

In the first speech of his career with the FCC, Commissioner Brendan Carr announced before the Competitive Carriers Association that Chairman Pai tapped him to take the lead on the FCC wireless infrastructure proceeding.  Commissioner Carr also noted that the FCC will be voting in November on “the first of a series of orders that will streamline the deployment of wireless infrastructure” by eliminating the requirement for historic preservation review where utility poles are replaced with substantially identical poles that can support antennas or other wireless communications equipment. There will also be an initiative to consolidate the Commission's historic preservation review rules. Although this is a small initial step in the scheme of things, Carr asserted it “could go a long way in speeding the regulatory review process.”  (WT 17-79; FCC 17-38)


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