In a keynote speech before industry earlier this week, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski highlighted the efforts underway to reduce regualtory barriers to deployment of wireless infrastructure:
The following is an excperpt from the speech, made on March 22 in Orlando, FL
“…returning to our mobile broadband agenda, we are working to spur the deployment and lower the costs of wireless buildout. I promised that we would establish a shot-clock to speed the deployment of new cell towers. And we did. We’ve recently launched a Broadband Acceleration Initiative looking to cut more red tape and pursue all smart policies to speed network deployment and ensure investment dollars go to building and upgrading networks, not the inefficiencies of the process. We’re working on this initiative together with our Technology Advisory Committee, which is being energetically chaired by Tom Wheeler.
I expect strong initiatives to emerge from this process that can be put in place quickly.
One area of potential opportunity: collocation. Initial reports suggest that in some places the obstacles are greater than they should be to adding or replacing an antenna on an existing tower. If so, that’s something we would work to address.
Overly burdensome rules, regulations and processes can slow down deployment and raise costs. They can slow down hiring and investment. It’s been estimated that removing red tape and expediting approval processes could unleash $11.5 billion in new broadband infrastructure investment over two years. This is an important area.”