FCC Initiates Proceeding to Limit Section 106 Historic Review For Small Wireless Facility Deployments


The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (Bureau) is requesting input on how to improve the review process for deployments of small wireless communications facilities, including Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and small cell facilities under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). As part of this undertaking, the Bureau has released a Section 106 Scoping Document which seeks public comment on amending the Nationwide Programmatic Agreement for the Collocation of Wireless Antennas to address the historic preservation review of deployments of small wireless communications facilities. In general, the Bureau’s proceeding is intended to limit Section 106 review for small wireless communications facility deployments that are unlikely to have adverse effects on historic properties. Comments are due no later than September 28, 2015.

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