COMMISSIONER JESSICA ROSENWORCEL
2004 and 2006 Biennial Regulatory Reviews - Streamlining and Other Revisions of Parts 1 and
17 of the Commission’s Rules Governing Construction, Marking and Lighting of Antenna
Structures, WT Docket No. 10-88, Amendments to Modernize and Clarify Part 17 of the
Commission’s Rules Concerning Construction, Marking and Lighting of Antenna Structures,
The world has gone wireless. Already in this country we have more mobile phones than people.
By the end of the decade we expect to have as many as 50 billion devices communicating wirelessly
worldwide with the Internet of Things. All of this activity in our airwaves puts a premium on spectrum.
So around here, spectrum usually gets all of the glory. But not today. Today, in this Report and
Order, we acknowledge that wireless infrastructure is the unsung hero of the wireless revolution. Because
no amount of spectrum will lead to better wireless service without good—and safe—infrastructure.
To give infrastructure its due, we streamline Commission rules governing construction, marking,
and lighting of antenna structures. This clears the way for speeding our Antenna Structure Registration
process. It clarifies the obligations of owners of antenna structures. It also harmonizes our rules with
policies from the Federal Aviation Administration. This last point is important, because keeping these
rules up to date helps ensure the safety of pilots and aircraft passengers nationwide. All around, these are
good things. Moreover, they bring an overdue bit of attention to the nitty-gritty role infrastructure plays
in making our wireless world possible.
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