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FCC Proposes to Remove Barriers to Wireless Infrastructure

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Released: September 26, 2013

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September 26, 2013
Cecilia Sulhoff: (202) 418-0587


Washington, D.C. As the Nation's demand for wireless broadband service continues to grow at a rapid
pace, the Federal Communications Commission continues its work to remove barriers to the deployment of
infrastructure that supports such service.
Today the Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) initiating a review of its wireless
infrastructure policies. The NPRM builds upon the Broadband Acceleration Initiative, including a 2011
Notice of Inquiry seeking comment on measures needed to reduce obstacles to obtaining access to rights-of-
way and locations for wireless facilities.
Specifically, the NPRM seeks comment on:
Streamlining the environmental and historic preservation review processes for newer technologies,
including small cells and distributed antenna systems;
Removing barriers to the deployment of temporary towers, that are used in cases of emergencies or
to add capacity during short term events;
The meaning of terms included in a provision of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act
of 2012 which states "a State or local government may not deny, and shall approve, any eligible
facilities request for a modification of an existing wireless tower or base station that does not
substantially change the physical dimensions of such tower or base station;" and
Clarification of issues addressed in the Commission's "shot clock" order which set time periods for
state and local governments to complete review of wireless siting applications.
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.
For more information on the FCC's infrastructure rules and processes see:
Action by the Commission September 26, 2013, by Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FCC 13-122). Acting
Chairwoman Clyburn, Commissioners Rosenworcel and Pai with Acting Chairwoman Clyburn,
Commissioners Rosenworcel and Pai issuing statements.
WT Docket No. 13-238
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