November 6 - Telecommunications
FCC 5G Order on Small Cell Antennas in Streets and on City Lands
This program covers the FCC 5G Order that took effect this year to speed the rollout of 5G cell service. The Order significantly affects small cell antennas in the streets and rights of way, leases for cell towers on municipal property generally, shot clocks, and the fees that can be charged for cell tower zoning and permitting. The Order covers all cell sites nationwide (not just 5G) by preempting state and local laws and practices which the FCC views as hindering cellular deployment.
The webinar will cover the Order, the current, fully briefed 9th Cirucuit court challenge to the Order - - and practical advice on what municipalities should do in response. In addition, we will describe 5G service, its’ pro’s and con’s, and why it will not be widely available soon - - with pictures of various 5G installations.
Briefly, under the Order:
- All government approvals needed to start construction of a small cell site in the streets must be granted within the applicable shot clock (60, 90, 150 days).
- The 90 day shot clock applies to putting antennas on any existing structure, even if it has no antennas now. Until now it meant adding an antenna to a cell tower.
- There is generally a $500 cap on all fees needed to start construction of small cell sites located in the rights-of-way. The $500 cap also applies to municipal cell sites generally, not just to those in the rights-of-way.
- There is a new 60-day shot clock (90 days for new poles) to act on applications to attach antennas to traffic lights, light poles or utility poles.
- Aesthetic requirements for many small cell sites are restricted and undergrounding is prohibited.
Speakers: John Pestle & Jonathan Kramer