• FCC Works to Remove Barriers to Broadband Deployment
  • May 12, 2017 | Author: Wesley K. Wright
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • The Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to begin identifying and eliminating unnecessary regulations that hinder wireless broadband deployment. The NPRM opens an examination of several topics including how state procedures affect the speed and cost of infrastructure deployment, and whether the FCC’s rules can better balance timely, effective site deployment with compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). In the NPRM, the Commission seeks comment on whether siting applications that are not acted on by state or local governments in a reasonable amount of time should be “deemed granted” by the Commission. The NPRM also requests input on how to limit the inherent costs and delays associated with complying with the NEPA and NHPA, including the tribal review process. A draft of the NPRM was circulated at the end of March as part of the Commission’s transparency pilot program.