Seeking Comments on Local Wireless Facilities

Before the holidays, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Public Notice seeking comments on local wireless facilities siting policies as they apply to small cell infrastructure. Local government groups are concerned that a petition filed by Mobilitie, a wireless infrastructure provider, would substantially limit cities’ authority over public rights of way and ability to assess fees for access. The National League of Cities (NLC), National Association of Counties (NACo), and others called on the FCC to extend the comment period to get more information on the local impact of the requested changes. Initial comments are due February 6, and reply comments are due March 8.

The FCC notice is a follow-up to previous proceedings on wireless facilities siting policies and requests feedback on a variety of issues important to local governments:

  • whether local siting procedures are enabling or hindering the rollout of small cell wireless infrastructure,
  • whether local fees are excessive or discriminatory, and
  • whether the shot clock restrictions imposed by the 2009 and 2014 proceedings are indeed valid for small-cell infrastructure.

Attached is the local government motion for an extension of time, the petition filed by Mobilitie and the FCC public notice. Local government groups seek your stories on interactions with wireless providers – both positive and difficult, please send them to us so we can help make a robust case on the local role in regulating wireless broadband deployment.

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