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Improving Wireless Facilities Siting Policies

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Released: December 5, 2013


Federal Communications Commission

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Washington, D.C. 20554

DA 13-2324

Released: December 5, 2013



WT Docket No. 13-32; WT Docket No. 13-238; WC Docket No. 11-59

Comments Due: February 3, 2014
Reply Comments Due: March 5, 2014

On September 26, 2013, the Commission released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in
WT Docket Nos. 13-238 and 13-32 and WC Docket No. 11-59, taking additional steps to reduce barriers
to wireless infrastructure deployment.1 The NPRM seeks comment on expediting the Commission’s
environmental review process, including review for effects on historic properties, in connection with
proposed deployments of small cells, Distributed Antenna Systems, and other small-scale wireless
technologies that may have minimal effects on the environment. In addition, the NPRM proposes a
narrow exemption from the Commission’s pre-construction environmental notification requirements for
certain temporary towers. The NPRM also seeks comment on rules to clarify and implement the
requirements of Section 6409(a) of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, and on
certain issues regarding a 2009 declaratory ruling, often called the Shot Clock Order, which established
presumptively reasonable time periods for local review of wireless facility siting applications under
Section 332(c)(7) of the Communications Act. The NPRM set deadlines for filing comments and reply
comments at 60 and 90 days after publication in the Federal Register.
On December 5, 2013, the Office of the Federal Register published a summary of the NPRM and
associated comment and reply comment dates.2 Accordingly, comments must be filed on or before
February 3, 2014, and reply comments must be filed on or before March 5, 2014. The NPRM sets forth
the comment filing instructions.

1 In the Matter of Acceleration of Broadband Deployment by Improving Wireless Facilities Siting Policies;
Acceleration of Broadband Deployment: Expanding the Reach and Reducing the Cost of Broadband Deployment by
Improving Policies Regarding Public Rights of Way and Wireless Facilities Siting; 2012 Biennial Review of
Telecommunications Regulations, WT Docket No. 13-238, WC Docket No. 11-59, WT Docket No. 13-32, Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking
, FCC 13-122 (rel. Sept. 26, 2013) (NPRM). For an electronic copy of the NPRM, see
2 78 Fed. Reg. 73144 (Dec. 5, 2013). The summary is also available at

For further information regarding this proceeding, contact Peter Trachtenberg, at (202) 418-7369,
or by email at, or Mania Baghdadi, at (202) 418-2133, or by email at



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