FCC announces new Broadband Acceleration Initiative actions
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has announced new actions as part of the Broadband Acceleration Initiative, a comprehensive effort to remove barriers to broadband build-out including streamlining the deployment of mobile broadband infrastructure, such as towers, distributed antenna systems (DAS) and small cells. The Commission defined and clarified technical provision in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 regarding local review of requests to modify an existing wireless tower or base station. This provision will accelerate deployment and delivery of high-speed mobile broadband to communities across the nation. The action will create greater certainty and predictability for providers that invest more than USD 25 billion per year in mobile infrastructure.The Commission has also launched a proceeding to expedite placement of temporary cell towers, cells on wheels (COWs) and cells on light trucks (COLTs) that are used to expand capacity during special events.In addition, Chairman Genachowski announced actions in the coming months to further streamline DAS and small cell deployment, examine whether current application of the tower siting shot clock offers sufficient clarity to industry and municipalities and begin developing model facility siting rules for localities. Each of these actions would contribute to faster, more efficient deployment of wireless infrastructure.