PCIA Press Releases

Wireless Infrastructure Association Head Urges Congress to Knock Down Barriers to Broadband Network Deployment

Adelstein: Economy, Innovation, U.S. Competitiveness Depend on Wireless Infrastructure

 

Washington, D.C., July 22, 2015 – The head of America’s Wireless Infrastructure Association today urged Congress to  adopt further policies that streamline and accelerate the deployment of wireless broadband facilities to meet “explosive” consumer demand.  Jonathan Adelstein, the President and CEO of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association touted the many benefits of wireless broadband and challenged leaders in Congress to build on their successful efforts to eliminate barriers to deployment.

“Put simply, wireless infrastructure makes wireless work,” Adelstein said in testimony before a House Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing on the need to spur investment in broadband infrastructure. 

“Wireless infrastructure is the essential platform that delivers such innovative applications as Uber, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, as well as life-altering broadband services like telemedicine, distance learning, improved public safety response, cloud computing, mobile banking, and a host of industrial and manufacturing functions.  Continued investment in robust wireless infrastructure will enable future innovation and build upon America’s historical competitiveness in the technology sector.”

One way federal policymakers can expedite broadband deployment is to mitigate municipal “proof of need” requirements before authorizing infrastructure builds, Adelstein pointed out.  “These requirements are both illogical and costly. Local communities should not be in the Chief Technology Officer-business of deciding what level of service is appropriate or what effective competition looks like today or forecasting future demand,” he said.  He also urged lawmakers to promote deployment on Federal lands and buildings, which comprise nearly 30 percent of the landmass of the United States, many in underserved rural areas. “Broadband providers currently face significant challenges when working to secure access to Federal lands and buildings to deploy infrastructure.  Facilitating access would provide the Federal treasury with much needed revenue through lease payments and improve broadband access across the country, especially in rural communities.” Adelstein noted that, negotiations with the Federal government takes about 4 years compared to 22 months with a private owner. He also urged the Committee to continue its work to encourage deployment on native lands to ensure the promise of broadband is afforded to all Americans. However, Mr. Adelstein highlighted increasing delays and fees put forward by some tribal nations when facility siting requests are submitted.

Adelstein also talked about the need for regulatory and legislative certainty when it comes to broadband investment and the Open Internet.  “Certainty leads to investment. Network builders are putting up billions of dollars in private capital and predictability and consistency are vital to spur further investment.” This Adelstein said, was also true in the realm of pole attachments, where some jurisdictions have been slow to adopt policies for clear and equitable rates, efficient timing, and access for wireless attachers to existing utility poles in the rights-of-way.

The PCIA head was one of five industry experts to testify at the hearing called by Representative Greg Walden (R-OR), the subcommittee chairman.  Other witnesses included Craig Moffett of Moffett Nathanson research; Michael Slinger of Google Fiber Cities; Deb Socia of NextCentury Cities; and the Honorable Stephen Roe Lewis, Governor of Gila River Indian Community in Arizona.

 “Wireless infrastructure helps every sector of the economy. The mobile broadband revolution holds incredible promise for economic growth, job creation, and international competitiveness. Yet, there are warning signs on the road ahead that can’t be ignored. To realize this promise of economic growth, job creation and innovation, infrastructure builders need the capital to invest – and we need regulators and Congress to help,” he said.  “We are grateful to the Energy and Commerce Committee for its leadership in helping us with the basic blocking and tackling work it takes to get these networks deployed on the ground.”

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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 220 members include carriers, infrastructure providers, equipment manufacturers, systems integrators and professional services firms.

 

PCIA Endorses Rubio Bill to Expedite Deployment of Wireless Infrastructure on Federal Lands and Properties

Adelstein: Bill Would Tap Fed Lands to Bring Mobile Data to Underserved Americans

Alexandria, Virginia, June 18, 2015 – The head of America’s wireless infrastructure association today commended Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) for introducing legislation aimed at spurring economic growth and bringing next-generation mobile data to underserved American consumers and businesses by expediting the deployment of wireless infrastructure on Federal government lands and properties. 

Rubio’s Wireless Innovation Act of 2015, co-sponsored by Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Cory Gardner (R-CO), would improve wireless broadband connectivity by ensuring that Federal properties be appropriately utilized for broadband infrastructure deployment and by allocating additional spectrum for broadband use.

“Today, by encouraging the careful deployment of wireless infrastructure on Federal lands, Senator Rubio has taken a crucial step toward ensuring that all Americans have equal and reliable access to the mobile data that’s transforming our economy and society,” said Jonathan Adelstein, the President and CEO of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association. 

“Nearly a third of America’s landmass and thousands of buildings are owned or controlled by the Federal government.  Senator Rubio’s bill seeks to ensure Federal resources are efficiently tapped to bridge the digital divide and bring broadband services to Americans living in hard-to-serve rural areas, as well as the dense urban locales home to Federal buildings – which would spark jobs and economic growth,” Adelstein said.

Importantly, the bill would improve wireless service for members of the armed services, as U.S. military bases fit within the definition of Federal lands and stand to benefit from the clarifications the bill provides. 

“Our soldiers’ and their families’ smartphones, tablets, and laptops require instant access to mobile broadband.  They deserve world-class wireless broadband as they make sacrifices on behalf of our country.  In today’s world, delivering quality health care and education services is more dependent than ever on wireless networks. The same goes for providing fire-fighting and other emergency services in and around military bases,” Adelstein said.

For the past four years, PCIA has helped spearhead an industry working group of telecommunications carriers and infrastructure providers that has shaped administrative and congressional policymaking on wireless infrastructure deployment on Federal lands.  Among other initiatives, PCIA and its members worked with allies in the public sector by participating in White House policy forums, hosting public/private Federal lands workshops, meeting with high-ranking Department of Defense officials, urging the General Services Administration to lessen the burden on those seeking to deploy broadband across the country, and encouraging the newly-formed Broadband Opportunity Council to prioritize and facilitate broadband deployment on Federal lands.

 Rubio’s bill is aimed at ensuring that the Federal treasury receives fair and full value for property leased for installation of wireless broadband facilities.  It has already garnered broad support from industry groups, the Obama administration, and Federal agencies, Adelstein pointed out.

“Senator Rubio is a former state legislator and city commissioner.  He recognizes the urgency of building public-private partnerships to ensure that wireless infrastructure is placed where it will best benefit consumers and businesses,” Adelstein said.

In addition to helping the wireless infrastructure industry better serve its customers and meet the Federal mandate of ubiquitous wireless broadband coverage, the Rubio bill will also help Federal agencies by allowing work to scale with deployment demands, by supporting fee retention, and by providing an ombudsman to expedite stalled applications.  These initiatives will provide agencies and the industry the certainty they need for new projects, noted Adelstein.

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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 220 members include carriers, infrastructure providers, equipment manufacturers, systems integrators and professional services firms.

 

PCIA Submits Comments to OSHA on Workplace Safety

Attached are comments submitted June 15, 2015,  by PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association, in response to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) request for information on workplace safety related to the construction and maintenance of communications facilities.

Jonathan Adelstein, PCIA’s President and CEO, issued this statement: 

“Safety of all workers is of paramount importance to the wireless industry. The answer to improving safety is adherence to today’s existing regulations and evolving standards, coupled with increased education and improved training and apprenticeships. PCIA is committed to enhancing workplace safety and looks forward to working with a diverse group of stakeholders to address the issue and advocate for improvement.”

Among other priorities, PCIA’s comments urged OSHA to strengthen workplace safety by ensuring that:

  • Towers are designed and constructed in accordance with prevailing industry standards;
  • Ongoing maintenance be provided to ensure continued tower safety;
  • Workable industry standards exist for fall protection anchor points;
  • The industry is committed to continuous improvement of safety measures; and

The focus on training and education will result in greater compliance with existing regulations and standards.

 

PCIA's Comments

 

PCIA and CTIA Urge Court to Reject Municipalities’ Lawsuit so That Americans Can Enjoy Better Broadband Deployment and Economic Boost

WASHINGTON, June 9, 2015 – Today, PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association and CTIA-The Wireless Association jointly petitioned the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to reject the lawsuit filed by a handful of localities and uphold the Federal Communications Commission's 2014 Infrastructure Order that will accelerate wireless broadband deployment by improving wireless facilities siting policies.

Please attribute the following statement to the two associations:

"When the FCC approved its Order, it recognized wireless companies, wireless carriers and infrastructure providers across America must be able to continue to upgrade their networks and improve capacity to meet consumers' demand for mobile Internet anywhere, anytime. As independent reports repeatedly estimate that usage for mobile services will continue to increase at a rapid pace, it's vital that wireless companies, wireless carriers and infrastructure providers are able to deploy and update their infrastructure to meet the needs of Americans, businesses and governments.

"Many municipalities recognize the value of wireless to their communities and we are proud to partner with them on best practices. But in some cases, even minor changes to wireless facilities that were already approved in previous siting reviews may face lengthy, unnecessary steps that delay the deployment of new wireless technologies that will enhance our wireless infrastructure. Congress recognized that these delays are an inconvenience to consumers and expensive for providers, but most importantly, they are costly to our national economy: the economic literature confirms a robust link between the availability and quality of wireless service and GDP and job growth."

For Immediate Release Contact:

PCIA: Timothy Gay, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; 202-973-1316

CTIA: Amy Storey, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 202-736-3207

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Wireless Infrastructure Association Head Urges L.A. Mayor to Amend "Burdensome" Ordinance on Communications Facilities

Alexandria, Virginia / May 29, 2015 – The head of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association today urged Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to reject, amend, or otherwise closely revisit a newly signed city ordinance aimed at imposing “costly and untested requirements” on above-ground communications facilities. Left unchanged, L.A.'s new regulation could “jeopardize emergency services and undermine access to mobile wireless broadband data – and with it, economic growth – throughout Southern California,” said Jonathan Adelstein, PCIA's President and CEO. 

“Citizens, businesses, and visitors to California depend on wireless services and devices in every aspect of their lives. Users increasingly rely on wireless service as their exclusive means of voice communication while at home. Over twenty-eight percent of households in Los Angeles County have ‘cut the cord,’ relying entirely on wireless phones,” PCIA wrote.

Nearly three-fourths of 9-1-1 and emergency calls originate from cell phones; other wireless devices, including laptops, tablets, smart watches, and scores of machines vital to business success and to the effective delivery of health care and education services depend on reliable access to broadband – a dependence that will grow exponentially in the years to come, Adelstein pointed out to the mayor.

On behalf of PCIA's 220 members, Adelstein is petitioning the mayor to reconsider his approval of Council File 15-0050, an ordinance that would amend the Los Angeles Municipal Code to define communications facilities as “Class III Structures.” Such a move would subject wireless facilities to unwarranted standards that would undercut their construction and possibly prohibit future upgrades, Adelstein asserted.

“While PCIA and its members are committed to ensuring a reliable and resilient wireless network, especially in times of emergency, requiring Class III designations on all new communications support structures could stymie deployment and ultimately result in less broadband coverage and capacity in the future. Specific requirements imposed by California state law on wireless facilities, including time-limited permits, as well as stringent zoning requirements from municipalities throughout the state, make siting wireless infrastructure a difficult and time-consuming process. Imposing additional burdensome structural requirements could have a chilling effect on new wireless facility deployment and could constrain capacity at existing facilities,” PCIA wrote.

Further, imposing Class III construction requirements would impose significant time and cost to the deployment of wireless broadband, Adelstein noted. Currently, the vast majority of existing commercial wireless support structures are built to Class II standards; one PCIA member estimates that less than one percent of its towers qualify as Class III. PCIA members believe that costs would escalate between 30 to 200 percent if towers were forced to go from Class II to Class III.

“This costly, untested solution will not serve the broadband needs of Los Angeles’ consumers and businesses,” the letter concluded.

PCIA and its members first voiced concerns to the mayor last year, echoing concerns in an August 2014 letter from PCIA member Crown Castle that underscored how this change could affect the entire wireless infrastructure ecosystem.

View PCIA's letter online here

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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 220 members include carriers, infrastructure providers, and professional services firms.

 

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