More than 200 people gathered in the Commission Meeting Room Tuesday, June 21, to hear presentations on federal environmental and historic preservation regulations for the siting of communications facilities, including towers used for mobile telephone, broadband, broadcast, public safety, and other licensed services.

 FCC speakers included staff members from the Wireless, Consumer and Governmental Affairs, Media, and Public Safety and Homeland Security bureaus.  In addition, the Federal Preservation Officers from FEMA, USDA Rural Utilities Service, and Department of Commerce NTIA provided information on their review procedures when their agencies fund broadband and public safety projects. The federal employees were joined by review officers from three State Historic Preservation Offices, or SHPOs, who discussed how they participate in the historic preservation reviews. The audience included representatives of communications and tower companies, their trade associations, environmental consultants, licesees, and communications attorneys, as well as the historians and archeologists who study the effects of proposed towers prior to construction.

A webcast of the session is available in our Events section.  The handouts and PowerPoint presentations are available as PDFs below: