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NATE Commends FCC Action on Wireless Infrastructure Order

Posted on: October 1, 2018 Category: NATE News

For Immediate Release: 
September 26, 2018     

  NATE Commends FCC Action on Wireless Infrastructure Order

 FCC Commissioners Affirmative Vote a Major Step for United States in Global Race to 5G

(Washington, D.C.) – NATE today praised the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for supporting a Wireless Infrastructure Declaratory Ruling and Third Report and Order. The affirmative vote, taken at today’s FCC September Open Meeting, is a major step forward in preparing the country’s infrastructure and regulatory environment to deploy 5G wireless services.

Today’s action is significant as the order would serve to implement long-standing federal law that bars municipal rules that have the effect of prohibiting deployment of wireless service, identifies specific standardized and equitable fee levels for small wireless facility deployments, provides guidance on certain state and local non-fee requirements including aesthetic and undergrounding requirements, establishes and codifies two new shot clocks for small wireless facilities (60 days for collocation on preexisting structures and 90 days for new builds) and makes clears that all state and local government authorizations necessary for the deployment of personal wireless service infrastructure are subject to these shot clocks.

“Today’s developments at the FCC are a watershed moment for the United States and serve to position the country to emerge as the front-runner in the global race to 5G,” said NATE Board of Directors members Jimmy Miller from Gulfport, Mississippi. “NATE member companies continue to be instrumental on the front lines deploying the small cells and related wireless infrastructure and today’s action by the FCC will provide a consistent framework and roadmap for both industry and state and local governments to adhere to. At the end of the day, the citizens of the United States are the big winners of today’s developments as they will ultimately have access to next generation wireless services for use in their homes and occupations,” added Miller.

For more information on today’s FCC action, visit https://www.fcc.gov/. For more information on NATE, visit www.natehome.com.

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About National Association of Tower Erectors

National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) is a non-profit trade association in the wireless infrastructure industry providing a unified voice for tower erection, service and maintenance companies. Today the Association boasts 840 member companies located throughout the United States, Australia, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Canada, China, Ghana, India, Italy, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago and the United Arab Emirates. For additional information on NATE, please visit www.natehome.com.