FCC passes order designed to force state and local governments to make quick decisions on 5G cells

FCC passes order designed to force state and local governments to make quick decisions on 5G cells
The FCC will soon limit the amount of time that states and local governments will have to approve or turn down requests by wireless carriers to deploy 5G technology. According to the regulatory agency, a new order passed today will save $2 billion in unnecessary costs and stimulate $2.5 billion in new construction. The new "time clock" for a state or local government to approve building a new small wireless facility will be 90 days. The clock will time 60 days for wireless facilities being added to a pre-existing facility. According to the FCC, today's action also "boosts the United States' standing in the race to 5G."

But several cities are not happy with the feds hijacking local control over deployment of 5G small cells and other technology related to the next generation of wireless service. For example, the city of Philadelphia said that maintaining this control helps protect "the health, safety and welfare of the city’s over 1.5 million residents and 43 million annual visitors." In another blow to local governments, FCC commissioner Brendan Carr says that states and cities will be able to charge carriers to review the deployment of small cells and other technology, but cannot charge excessive fees.

All four commissioners voted for the order with a partial dissent from the lone Democrat on the commission, Jessica Rosenworcel. While she agrees with the faster review times for states and local governments, she does not agree with parts of the order that she fears will "run roughshod over state and local authority" and tell "state and local leaders all across the country what they can and cannot do in their own backyards."


Considering that the FCC seems so concerned with the U.S. leading the global rollout of 5G, it would be surprising if the agency now turns around and decides to block T-Mobile's $26.5 billion merger with Sprint. The two carriers have draped their transaction in the American flag, saying that it needs to be approved in order to keep U.S. leadership of 5G technology. Both the FCC and the FTC must sign off the deal for it to close.

source: FCC via TheVerge (Top image credit: Verizon)

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4 Comments

1. Phullofphil

Posts: 1740; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

My problem with the SEC is I don’t trust their decisions in their motors on what they are in line or employee goes. To Me the FCC has been making decisions to benefit corporations and not benefit the general public even though their decisions are based on what they say will help the public in my Pinyan it will not help the public at all

2. Phullofphil

Posts: 1740; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Decision or motivation on what they are in line with as far as alternating agenda

3. TheOracle1

Posts: 1919; Member since: May 04, 2015

Ajit Pai is a twat working for the corporations. The FCC has zero authority over States and Local Governments.

4. superguy

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

I don't see what the issue is. It's not saying local governments can't approve or deny change requests. It just says they can't sit on them forever and have to make a decision within a reasonable amount of time. And that they can't gouge the carriers with excessive fees. It's not like the local governments are righteous either. Baltimore city here agreed to an exclusivity agreement with Comcast to keep Verizon from deploying Fios within the city limits. If you want high speed Internet there, you're stuck with Comcast. Only "alternatives" are DSL and satellite - both of which have serious drawbacks. Ironically, it's the Democrats - "the party of the little guy" - that agreed to such an awful deal to screw their residents and pad Comcast's wallet. They've controlled Baltimore for over 75 years. So yeah, neither party is looking out for us, unless it's politically convenient for them.

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