WIA Issues Statement on FCC’s Amendment to the Nationwide Programmatic Agreement for the Collocation of Wireless Antennas

The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) released the following statement from Jonathan Adelstein, CEO and President of WIA, regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s Aug. 8th release of the first Amendment to the Nationwide Programmatic Agreement for the Collocation of Wireless Antennas.

“The Wireless Infrastructure Association commends the FCC for its collaborative and ongoing effort to promote the efficient and responsible deployment of wireless broadband. The FCC is taking a big step forward by streamlining the review of small cell and Distributed Antenna System (DAS) deployments under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. This agreement shows how government entities and industry can work together to deploy wireless infrastructure while also protecting historic resources. The action the FCC takes today will enable 5G technologies of tomorrow by reducing a regulatory barrier to wireless infrastructure deployment.

“DAS and small cell networks play a crucial role in providing greater network capacity as data demand grows in communities across the US. We must continue building and deploying all manner of wireless infrastructure, including macro towers, rooftops, DAS and small cells, to meet consumer bandwidth needs. We look forward to working with the FCC and state historic preservation offices on further efforts to streamline wireless infrastructure deployment.”