WIA Issues Advocacy Alert on Small Cells Legislation
The Wireless Infrastructure Association stated in a release yesterday, its advocacy team is working on two important items enacted last week by Congress and the FCC.
On September 26, the FCC passed a small cells siting order, Inside Towers reported. WIA says it will clarify the role of state and local governments to make the process of siting wireless infrastructure faster and more efficient. Specifically, the order establishes two new shot clocks for small wireless facilities: 60 days for co-locations and 90 days for new installations. It also codifies the existing 90 and 150 day shot clocks for non-small wireless facility deployments, as established in the 2009 Declaratory Ruling.
“WIA had been very active in ensuring that industry priorities were addressed in this order. WIA and its members held several meetings with the FCC Chairman and the other Commissioners. The result of this hard work was that the language of the final Order tracks very closely to what WIA advocated for and many industry priorities were addressed,” the association said in the release.
The association said it’s also hard at work shaping Congressional legislation signed by the President that would eliminate a new requirement that certain towers in rural areas be marked in accordance with FAA regulations. On October 5, President Trump signed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, Inside Towers reported. It included several essential provisions, reducing the unnecessary requirement for the marking of certain communications towers. This clarification will protect the safety of low-flying aviation without imposing unnecessary regulations that would impede the deployment of 5G wireless services.