Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Denies Tower Complaint Against AT&T


The Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway, the North Country Trail Association, and several other parties filed complaints alleging that AT&T Mobility Services, Inc. (AT&T) failed to comply with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC or Commission) environmental and historic preservation review requirements in connection with a tower constructed in late 2012 in Fort Ransom, North Dakota. The Competition and Infrastructure Policy Division of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (Division) reviewed the complaints and the responsive pleadings and found that the Fort Ransom Tower was correctly determined under the Commission’s procedures to have no significant environmental impact and no adverse effects on historic properties. As such, the Division dismissed in part and denied in part the complaints. The Division did note, however, that AT&T failed to adhere fully to all procedural requirements, and advised all applicants that they are responsible for ensuring full compliance with environmental review requirements.

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