WIA Files Petitions to Promote Collocation, Compound Expansion

Statement from Jonathan Adelstein on the FCC Petitions

“Over the past year, WIA has prioritized clarification of key definitions to close loopholes that have hindered 5G deployments, as well, for modification of compound expansion rules to promote collocations and installations of critical public safety facilities. WIA appreciates that the FCC has worked diligently to clear the path to the deployment of small cells swiftly and efficiently across the country. We look forward to working with the FCC as it continues to strategically improve the wireless infrastructure siting process for macros, as well, so the U.S. can win the global race to 5G.” Read more

About the FCC Petitions

Petition for Declaratory Rulemaking WIA asked the Commission to update its rules to: (i) ensure that collocations requiring limited compound expansions –excavation within 30 feet of a tower site – qualify for relief under Section 6409(a) and the FCC’s implementing regulations; and (ii) require that fees associated with EFRs for the provision of telecommunications services must be cost-based. Such carefully defined action will be consistent with the purposes of Section 6409(a) – to facilitate broadband deployment by eliminating barriers to collocating new transmission equipment on existing wireless towers. Read the petition

Petition for Declaratory Ruling WIA urges the Commission to clarify that (i) Section 6409(a) and the implementing regulations apply to all state and local authorizations required to deploy new or replacement transmission equipment on existing wireless towers or base stations; (ii) the Section 6409(a) shot clock begins to run when an applicant makes a good faith attempt to request local approval; (iii) the substantial change criteria in Section 1.6100(b)(7) of the Commission’s rules should be narrowly interpreted; (iv) “conditional” approvals of EFRs violate Section 6409(a); and (v) localities may not establish processes or impose conditions that effectively defeat or reduce the protections afforded under Section 6409(a). Read the petition