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FCC Streamlines Rules Regarding Antenna Structure Lighting and Marking

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Released: August 8, 2014
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NEWS

Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.

See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NEWS MEDIA CONTACTS:

August 8, 2014

Cecilia Sulhoff, 202-418-0587

Email: Cecilia.Sulhoff@fcc.gov

FCC STREAMLINES PART 17 RULES TO PROVIDE CLARITY REGARDING ANTENNA

STRUCTURE LIGHTING AND MARKING

Washington, D.C. –The Federal Communications Commission adopted a Report and Order to streamline

and eliminate outdated provisions of the Part 17 Rules governing the construction, marking and lighting

of antenna structures. As part of the Commission’s ongoing process reform initiative, this item will

provide clarity and reduce the regulatory burden on tower owners and licensees.

The item adopted today is an important step in the Commission’s efforts to facilitate wireless

infrastructure deployment. The Order harmonizes Commission rules with FAA guidelines, recognizing

that FAA is the expert agency on matters of air safety. The Order also modernizes the Commission’s

lighting and marking requirements to reflect technological advancements and current industry standards.

The Order makes common sense changes to Commission rules such as allowing tower owners to provide

tenants with antenna structure registration (ASR) information via mail, email or other electronic methods.

Additionally, the Order streamlines rules regarding the maintenance of tower lighting and marking by

exempting tower structures that employ robust, continuous monitoring systems from the requirement for

quarterly physical inspections of lighting systems. Both of these changes will significantly reduce costs

for the tower industry.

The reforms adopted by the Commission today will remove barriers to wireless deployment, reduce

unnecessary costs, and encourage providers to continue to deploy advanced systems that facilitate safety

while preserving the safeguards to protect historic, environmental and local interests.

WT Docket No. 10-88

Action by the Commission August 8, 2014, by Report and Order (FCC 14-117).

Chairman Wheeler,

Commissioners Clyburn, Rosenworcel, Pai and O’Rielly. Chairman Wheeler, Commissioners Clyburn,

Rosenworcel, Pai and O’Rielly issuing statements.

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