FCC to Release Second Wireless Infrastructure R&O

At its March 22 meeting, the FCC intends to consider a plan to streamline the review process for wireless infrastructure. The Second Report and Order (R&) proposes to modify current rules to state that deployment of small wireless facilities by private parties are not federal undertakings that trigger National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) or National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements, although they will remain subject to state and local governmental requirements. Further, the R&O proposes to improve the process for Tribal participation in Section 106 historic preservation reviews – a sore point for many wireless operators – and will reduce the environmental assessment requirement for facilities in floodplains under certain conditions. (17-79) 


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