In April 2010 the FCC initiated a rulemaking to seek input on many of the rule changes requested by PCIA. During the initial comment period, antenna structure owners, network monitoring firms, and engineering firms provided input and offered broad support for the proposed rule changes. Specifically, commenters urged the FCC to modify its rules by deleting unnecessary provisions, clarify ambiguous rules, modernize standards to reflect technological changes in antenna structure monitoring, and harmonize FCC rules with FAA rules.
PCIA continued to press the FCC to take action in its reply comments filed on August 19, 2010. PCIA argued that “[b]y taking quick action in the instant proceeding, the Commission can reduce the regulatory compliance burden for antenna structure owners, while continuing to protect air safety.” PCIA concluded, “[t]he proposed rules and the modifications recommended by PCIA achieve these joint goals.” The issue is now awaiting final action by the FCC.
PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association is the trade association representing the companies that make up the wireless telecommunications infrastructure industry. Our members include the carriers, infrastructure providers and professional services firms that own and manage more than 125,000 telecommunications facilities throughout the world.