PCIA and The DAS Forum outlined specific rights of way and wireless siting barriers to infrastructure investment and buildout, including shot clock and local zoning issues, while also highlighting several success stories that can serve as models for regulatory reform. To reduce regulatory and other barriers to broadband deployment and improve the collocation siting process, the PCIA and the DAS Forum recommend that the FCC should:
• Formally request that Congress pass legislation to permit collocations “by right” without discretionary review by a state or local government;
• Educate states and localities about the benefits of expediting wireless facility siting through collocations and the need for collocation reform;
• Interpret its rules to facilitate collocation and the efficient use of existing infrastructure, including rights of way;
• Proceed with a new, shorter “shot clock” rule for collocations on existing structures;
• Adopt a rule that amends the shot clock ruling to deem applications granted at the end of the review period;
• Issue a rule that ordinances establishing a preference for siting wireless facilities on municipal property are discriminatory.
PCIA and the DAS Forum also outlined several recommendations to specifically facilitate distributed antenna systems (DAS) deployments, including encouraging the adoption of legislation that would set out clear, uniform processes and standards for accessing public rights of way to install DAS facilities. PCIA and the DAS Forum also urged the FCC to remove other barriers to wireless buildout by encouraging the adoption of model siting ordinances and improving access to federal lands and buildings. Additionally, the groups addressed general siting issues including moratoria and fees unrelated to deployment costs.
PCIA is the leader in advancing the rapid, cost-effective deployment of wireless infrastructure to ensure robust wireless broadband for all Americans. PCIA and the DAS Forum are working to help fulfill policy-makers’ goals of increased access to mobile broadband for American businesses and consumers and for our nation’s public safety, education, healthcare and economic development.
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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.