The future of 5G mobile data could hinge on a battle over utility pole fees

The Federal Communications Commission will soon require cities to quickly approve or deny wireless carriers’ requests to deploy 5G cell installations. While the goal of rapidly deploying 5G is widely shared, the FCC’s approach here has come under criticism, particularly from cities. The measure constrains the time cities have to review deployment requests, while also limiting them from taking into account issues like whether the installation will take place at a historical landmark. The new rules passed with support from all four FCC commissioner’s today, with the agency’s sole Democrat, Jessica Rosenworcel, also dissenting in part. Rosenworcel said the requirements would “run roughshod over state and local authority” and “[tell] state... Continue reading…

The future of 5G mobile data could hinge on a battle over utility pole fees

How much should AT&T and Verizon pay to put up 5G cell sites? A proposed FCC rule could set new limits.

Mon 24 Sep 18 from The Washington Post

FCC cracks the whip on 5G deployment against protests of local governments

The FCC is pushing for speedy deployment of 5G networks nationwide with an order adopted today that streamlines what it perceives as a patchwork of obstacles, needless costs, and contradictory ...

Wed 26 Sep 18 from TechCrunch

Ajit Pai slams cities and towns as FCC erases $2 billion in local fees

FCC orders cities and towns to slash permit fees for 5G equipment.

Wed 26 Sep 18 from Arstechnica

FCC limits fees cities can charge for 5G deployment - CNET

The Federal Communications Commission says new rules will cut red tape. Critics say they weaken municipalities' ability to negotiate with big carriers.

Wed 26 Sep 18 from CNET

FCC to limit fees for 5G deployment - CNET

The FCC says the new rules will cut red-tape for building 5G, but critics say the rules weaken municipalities' ability to negotiate with big carriers.

Tue 25 Sep 18 from CNET

FCC angers cities and towns with $2 billion giveaway to wireless carriers

Cities will get less revenue, and carriers won't face any new requirements.

Fri 21 Sep 18 from Arstechnica

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