A number of cities are getting ready for 5G by setting up policies that will allow companies to invest in next generation technologies. Unfortunately, some cities like San Jose still do not get it that exorbitant fees would effectively prevent 5G deployment.
Earlier this year, the FCC approved several items that will speed up the deployment of next generation technologies by setting guidance on reasonable cost recoupment fees, and a timeline for the approval process, all of which were guided by and are in line with preexisting legislation at the state level. While previous generations relied on large cell towers, 5G will require a dense concentration of small cells to cover a particular area.
Since 5G deployment relies on small cells, which are so different from previous generations, the regulatory process for deployment needed to be updated so providers were not effectively prohibited from deployment.
This week, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr announced the Wireless Infrastructure Order, which would pave the way for 5G deployment.
The following statement can be attributed to Katie McAuliffe, Executive Director of Digital Liberty:
“5G will revolutionize our lives whether it’s through telemedicine, IoT or automated vehicles, the opportunities are endless, and the FCC’s draft order clarifies a basic framework for localities to follow that will accelerate the deployment of 5G infrastructure.
It sets guidance on reasonable cost recoupment fees, accounts for aesthetic review, and sets a timeline for approval process, all of which have been guided by and are in line with preexisting legislation at the state level.
We look forward to working with the Commission on this Order.”