(September 26, 2018) The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) issued the following statement from President and CEO Jonathan Adelstein regarding the FCC’s actions to streamline 5G deployment.
“Today the FCC approved an important Order that takes a big step to accelerate 5G deployment. The Order includes several necessary provisions that will help maintain U.S. leadership in wireless innovation. Specifically, the Order will clarify the role of state and local governments to make the process of siting wireless infrastructure faster and more efficient. For the U.S. to lead the world in 5G, sound policies like those adopted today will encourage wireless infrastructure investment. The FCC did so in a balanced manner that will encourage 5G deployment while preserving the vital role local communities play in siting decisions.
This Order complements the good work of over 20 states that have enacted their own 5G legislation. Chairman Pai has shown dogged leadership on this issue and I thank Commissioner Carr for his diligence and commitment to 5G deployment.
As promising as 5G is, it’s only as good as the infrastructure on which it’s deployed. And 5G will require all manner of infrastructure, including macro towers and small cells. As Commissioner O’Rielly said, macro towers play a key role in wireless networks. That role will expand in 5G. I commend Chairman Pai and Commissioner O’Rielly for their plans to address all types of wireless infrastructure in a future proceeding. WIA looks forward to working with them and the entire Commission to build on the amazing progress the FCC made today.”