PCIA Press Releases

PCIA Statement on FCC Net Neutrality Rules

March 12, 2015 / Alexandria, VA - PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association released the following statement in response to the release of the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order rules:

"PCIA is reviewing the FCC’s Open Internet rules with an eye toward their impact on investment in wireless networks.  The wireless infrastructure industry’s biggest concern is how these voluminous rules impact capital expenditures, and the jobs, economic growth, and technological development that come with them.  Any reduction of wireless investment would hurt the U.S. in the global marketplace.  With the uncertainty that these new rules have caused, we are looking closely at bipartisan solutions in Congress that can accomplish the goals of an Open Internet while encouraging investment in wireless broadband infrastructure."

 

PCIA Comments on Montgomery County Wireless Facility Siting Litigation against FCC

March 9, 2015 / Alexandria, VA - Jonathan Adelstein, President and CEO of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association, issued the following statement in response to the lawsuit Montgomery County, Maryland filed March 9 against the FCC on wireless facility siting: 

"PCIA is working closely with cities, counties, and municipalities to make the implementation of the FCC’s new wireless facility siting regulations smooth and efficient. The wireless infrastructure industry wants to reduce or eliminate, whenever possible, obstacles to realizing the extraordinary economic and technological potential of wireless broadband. We hope that this lawsuit will not detract from that goal, since PCIA supports the FCC’s rationale behind its Infrastructure Order and its guidelines for implementation."

 

PCIA’s Adelstein Lauds Joint Release of Materials to Aid Deployment of Broadband across America

Alexandria, Virginia, March 5, 2015 – The head of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association today lauded the release of a model ordinance chapter and application checklist prepared by a consortium of organizations in response to a direct request from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

"This is a big step toward improving the siting of wireless broadband facilities that America needs to deliver the bandwidth consumers are demanding," noted Jonathan Adelstein, PCIA’s President and CEO.

"The materials we’re making available to communities across the country today will help to accelerate and streamline the siting of wireless facilities to help ease the 'wireless data crunch,’'" he said.

"There is a need to rapidly deploy more infrastructure to meet the booming demand for wireless mobile data. Commissioner Clyburn wisely called upon municipalities and industry to work together, leading our consortium to come up with a superb set of educational materials that will help localities with the responsible siting of these facilities," said Adelstein, a former FCC Commissioner.

Developed in concert with the CTIA—The Wireless Association, the National Association of Counties (NACo), the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA), and the National League of Cities (NLC), the model ordinance chapter and application checklist were drafted to help local jurisdictions adopt guidelines surrounding the FCC’s implementation of Section 6409(a) of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, as set forth in the FCC’s October 2014 Acceleration of Broadband Deployment Order. In that Order last fall, Commissioner Clyburn urged municipalities and wireless industry leaders to develop educational materials aimed at easing the implementation burden on localities that must adhere to the FCC’s new rules. The working group’s materials are designed to ensure a smooth and environmentally appropriate process to site facilities.

The FCC’s October Order, Adelstein pointed out, culminated a multi-year effort by PCIA and its allies. The Order, and today’s release, is aimed at facilitating the building and upgrading of wireless networks by updating the federal regulatory framework, streamlining regulatory compliance, and eliminating obstacles to rights-of-way access.

"The FCC’s Infrastructure Order was a comprehensive initiative to expedite on-the-ground deployment of wireless broadband infrastructure,” said Adelstein. “We hope that today’s action will reduce and, in some cases, eliminate obstacles to achieving one of America’s biggest economic priorities: expanding wireless broadband networks."

The group will continue its important work in the coming weeks and expects to release “best practice” guidelines to help communities site wireless facilities.

View a PDF of the checklist and model ordinance chapter online.

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PCIA - The Wireless Infrastructure Association represents the companies that build, design, own and manage telecommunications facilities throughout the world. Its over 200 members include carriers, infrastructure providers, equipment manufacturers, systems integrators and professional services firms.

 

PCIA Statement on FCC's Open Internet Order

February 26, 2015 / Alexandria, VA - PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association released the following statement in response to the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order:

PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association is eager to review the FCC’s Report and Order on Remand, Declaratory Ruling and Order for the Open Internet (Open Internet Order), narrowly approved this morning by a party line 3-2 vote. As the association that represents the companies that build and manage our nation’s wireless networks, we have been following the proceedings closely.

PCIA is deeply concerned about the impact of the Open Internet Order on investment, capital expenditures and the deployment of wireless infrastructure, and we are reviewing it from that perspective. America’s wireless networks are a model for the rest of the world because they were built on innovation, private investment, and a regulatory regime that encourages rapid deployment. PCIA is interested in bipartisan solutions, and is closely following developments in Congress that might yield results that protect an open internet while promoting investments in wireless networks.

 

Former Verizon Executive Mitrovich Named PCIA Vice President

February 18, 2015 / Alexandria, VA – Jonathan Adelstein, President and CEO of PCIA - The Wireless Infrastructure Association announced today that former Verizon executive Marissa Mitrovich will join the association as Vice President of Program Development. In this newly-created role, Mitrovich will lead PCIA’s new business activities and project initiatives, including training and education.

“We are so fortunate to land an executive of Marissa’s caliber to direct initiatives that will help PCIA better serve its members and benefit the entire wireless ecosystem,” Adelstein said. “Her industry knowledge and experience make her an ideal fit to identify and execute new programs that will deliver value.”

Mitrovich comes to PCIA after serving as Vice President, Public Policy for Verizon, where she interfaced with the White House and Cabinet agencies to advance Verizon’s public policy agenda on a variety of wireless issues including machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, telematics/connected vehicles, consumer issues and broadband deployment on federal lands. Mitrovich began her career at Verizon Wireless in June 2009 as member of the company’s State Public Policy organization managing policy initiatives in nine states within the Northeast. From 2001-2008, Mitrovich served as Vice President for a leading government affairs firm, The Washington Group, where she represented various industries including music, energy, cable and telecom before Congress and the Administration. She also worked on the Obama for President Campaign in 2008 and was on the team that oversaw Congressional Affairs for the 56th Presidential Inaugural Committee.

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PCIA - The Wireless Infrastructure Association is the principal organization representing the companies that build, design, own and manage telecommunications facilities throughout the world. Its over 200 members include carriers, infrastructure providers, and professional services firms.

 

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