Workshop on Environmental Compliance and Historic Preservation Review Procedures

10:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT
Commission Meeting Room

The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau hosted this workshop on the environmental compliance and historic preservation review process required for the construction of communications facilities supporting Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licensed services. The workshop included information relevant to the construction of new communications towers and the collocation of communications equipment on existing towers and other structures, including requirements for Antenna Structure Registration.

At the workshop, FCC and other federal agency subject-matter experts provided information on a range of topics related to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and the FCC’s implementing regulations and related agreements. FCC applicants (including licensees and registrants), those who construct or manage communications facilities for FCC licensees, environmental consultants, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) staff and Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) staff, and staff from federal agencies that fund or permit wireless facilities were encouraged to attend. Topics discussed at the workshop included: recent changes to FCC environmental rules and procedures, coordination with Tribes during the NHPA process, compliance with the Endangered Species Act and Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and the FCC’s NEPA and NHPA compliance processes generally.

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