FCC Seeks Comment on Small Cell Siting

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The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) has requested comment on proposals to streamline local review of small cell wireless siting applications.  WTB noted that many wireless providers are deploying small cells and distributed antenna systems (DAS) to meet localized needs for coverage and increased capacity in outdoor and indoor environments.  Although the facilities used in these networks are smaller and less obtrusive than traditional cell towers and antennas, they must be deployed in many more locations to function effectively.  As a result, local land-use authorities in many areas are facing substantial increases in the volume of siting applications for deployment of these facilities.  WTB has indicated its desire to issue a declaratory ruling that will both assist local authorities in processing the increased number of applications in a timely fashion while at the same time streamlining the process for wireless providers and reducing regulatory burdens.

 

 

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