PA Groups Announce Support For the State’s Small Cell Deployment Act

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Two trade groups serving the telecommunications sector in Pennsylvania announced their support last week for
PA House Bill 2564 enacted July 13, 2018, and designed to “provide for small wireless facilities deployment.”

“This is a step in the right direction for Pennsylvania that will help bring speed to market for our wireless service providers” Phil Burtner, President of the Pennsylvania Wireless Association, told Inside Towers,  “The Commonwealth needs to stay competitive and, right now, we lack the infrastructure to do that.” The Pennsylvania Partnership for 5G said their group has “coalesced around the goal of enacting state legislation that establishes uniformity and predictability in the deployment of small cell nodes across the Commonwealth.” 

Ashley Shook, spokesperson for the Partnership said they are supportive of legislation that “sets standards for fees, provides a streamlined permitting process and creates an environment which incentivizes small cell deployment. We look forward to analyzing H.B. 2564 to ensure that these principles are upheld.  Currently, Pennsylvania lacks the infrastructure needed for 5G service,” Shook said, “despite the growing number of industries that have come to rely on a quicker, more dependable network.”

Members of the Partnership that include Canonsburg-based Crown Castle, the Pennsylvania Wireless Association and the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, are expected to provide their comments and feedback at a House Consumer Affairs Committee hearing on August 9.

July 24, 2018

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