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FCC Action on Wireless Infrastructure Hamstrings Cities but Won’t Spur More 5G Deployment

September 25, 2018 5G , FCC , Rural Access , Wireless Deployment , Wireless Infrastructure

On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on an Order and Declaratory Ruling it claims will promote deployment of next-generation wireless networks. The crux of the FCC’s action will impose stringent limits on the fees states and localities charge wireless companies to install and maintain small cells in public rights-of-way (ROW) and on other government property. Additionally, the FCC substitutes decision-making by local elected officials with its own on issues ranging from public safety to community aesthetics when a locality considers a wireless small cell application.

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