UPDATE FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel is lauding agreements between the city of San Jose and wireless carriers that will speed deployment of infrastructure for small cells, lay the groundwork, and provide financing, for 5G. The city recently struck separate deals with AT&T, Verizon and Mobilitie to install small cell infrastructure on some 4,000 city-owned light poles.
“Figuring out how to deploy 5G infrastructure — which puts a premium on small cells — is a big task,” said Rosenworcel. “It means acknowledging that we have a legal tradition of local control in this country but also recognizing that more streamlined and uniform practices can help speed deployment.”
That’s why she released model agreements for small cell and 5G deployment, negotiated by the City of San Jose, that were approved by the city council this week (see the documents below). The agreements also call for laying fiber and making monetary investments in the city’s Digital Inclusion Fund — a decade-long effort to close the digital divide, according to Rosenworcel.
Mayor Sam Liccardo resigned from the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee earlier this year over concerns the group’s makeup was skewed in favor of the telecom industry. As the group grappled with the fees localities charge for permitting wireless infrastructure in public rights-of-ways, Liccardo argued the money should be used to support programs that widen digital access; the wireless industry pushed to limit fees to cover a city’s permitting costs.
Document D: Staff Memorandum re: Approval of Actions Related to an Amendment and a Funding and Reimbursement Agreement Related to the Permitting of Small Cells on City Owned Assets in the Public Right-of-Way
June 29, 2018