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Released: July 17, 2014
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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS

COMMISS ION

W AS HI NGTON

June 27,2014

OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Fred Upton

Chairman

Committee on Energy and Commerce

U.S. House of Representatives

2125 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Chairman Upton:

Thank you for your letter urging swift action on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

(NPRM), WT Docket No. 13-238, In the Matter of Acceleration of Broadband Deployment by

Improving Wireless Facilities Siting Policies, which the Commission initiated on September 26,

2013, as a follow-up to the Public Notice released in January of2013. Your views are very

important and will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the

Commission's review.

I agree that we must do more to expand existing networks and deploy the next generation

networks to meet the demand for wireless broadband. Simply put, we cannot have high-speed

broadband if we do not have high-speed deployment.

Increasing certainty in the FCC's processes and removing barriers to infrastructure

deployment will spur public and private investment, while expanding wireless coverage and

capacity throughout the nation. Commission staff has been reviewing the record after comments

and reply comments in the docket were filed by January and February of this year, respectively.

I intend to present proposed final rules to my fellow Commissioners yet this year.

Clarifying and implementing Section 6409(a), as well as expediting processes, removing

barriers, and cutting red tape are important steps for efficient deployment of infrastructure to

support mobile broadband coverage and capacity. As you indicated, we sought comment in the

NPRM on what remedies should be available and how to interpret and define certain terms in

Section 6409(a) including: "substantially change the physical dimensions," "existing wireless

tower or base station," and "may not deny, and shall approve," among others. We are also

exploring how best to facilitate the deployment of small cells for targeted capacity and the use of

temporary towers.

I appreciate your interest in this matter. Please let me know if l can be of any further

assistance.

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

THE CfiAIRMAN

June 27, 2014

The Honorable Greg Walden

Chairman

Subcommittee on Communications and Technology

Committee on Energy and Commerce

U.S. House of Representatives

2125 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Chairman Walden:

Thank you for your letter urging swift action on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

(NPRM), WT Docket No. 13-238, In the Matter of Acceleration of Broadband Deployment by

Improving Wireless Facilities Siting Policies, which the Commission initiated on September 26,

2013, as a follow-up to the Public Notice released in January of2013. Your views are very

important and will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the

Commission's review.

I agree that we must do more to expand existing networks and deploy the next generation

networks to meet the demand for wireless broadband. Simply put, we cannot have high-speed

broadband if we do not have high-speed deployment.

Increasing certainty in the FCC's processes and removing barriers to infrastructure

deployment will spur public and private investment, while expanding wireless coverage and

capacity throughout the nation. Commission staff has been reviewing the record after comments

and reply comments in the docket were filed by January and February of this year, respectively.

I intend to present proposed final rules to my fellow Commissioners yet this year.

Clarifying and implementing Section 6409(a), as well as expediting processes, removing

barriers, and cutting red tape are important steps for efficient deployment of infrastructure to

support mobile broadband coverage and capacity. As you indicated, we sought comment in the

NPRM on what remedies should be available and how to interpret and define certain terms in

Section 6409(a) including: "substantially change the physical dimensions," "existing wireless

tower or base station," and "may not deny, and shall approve," among others. We are also

exploring how best to facilitate the deployment of small cells for targeted capacity and the use of

temporary towers.

I appreciate your interest in this matter. Please let me know if I can be of any further

assistance.

Sincerely,

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