Smart Cities Dive: FCC to vote on proposal streamlining 5G infrastructure rules

Smart Cities Dive: FCC to vote on proposal streamlining 5G infrastructure rules

Dive Brief

 

  • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on a plan that will help states pass laws streamlining approval and deployment of technology to facilitate 5G networks, commissioner Brendan Carr announced Tuesday during a speech in Indiana.
  • The proposal, which will be voted on at the agency’s Sept. 25 meeting, would reform laws that were designed for macro-cell installation and adapt them for the smaller micro-cells that broadcast 5G. According to the FCC, the plan would save $2 billion in unnecessary fees.
  • It would also implement a federal law to blocks municipal rules that would prohibit deployment of wireless service, and would only allow municipalities to charge fees on small cell deployments limited to covering the municipality’s costs. The plan would also require approval or disapproval of applications to attach small cells to existing structures within 60 days and to applications to build new poles within 90 days, and places “modest guardrails” on rules like aesthetic reviews that may slow down service.

 

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