PCIA Press Releases

PCIA Applauds FCC Order Streamlining Antenna Rules

August 8, 2014 / Alexandria, VA – Jonathan Adelstein, President & CEO of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association, issued the following statement in response to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimous approval of an order streamlining Part 17 regulations governing tower marking, lighting and registration:

"PCIA applauds the FCC for updating its Part 17 rules regarding tower marking and lighting. Today the Commission delivered real results on its process reform efforts by removing redundant regulatory requirements that increase compliance costs, which will allow investment to focus on broadband buildout. PCIA has encouraged the FCC for many years to revise these outdated regulations, and long ago demonstrated how technological advances in the wireless infrastructure industry are strengthening air navigation safety. The FCC's Order will harmonize its regulations with the FAA to eliminate unnecessary rules, thereby encouraging the adoption of advanced technologies.

"Today’s Order will have a real impact on wireless broadband deployment. For example, PCIA’s members have spent tens of millions of dollars on lighting inspections since 2007, despite the adoption and availability of continuous monitoring technology. By reforming lighting inspection requirements, the FCC will encourage more wireless providers to re-channel unnecessary compliance expenditures to more beneficial uses, such as infrastructure upgrades and rural deployment.

"We thank the FCC for these common-sense updates that will bring Part 17 into the 21st century."


PCIA Hails FCC Training and Safety Efforts

August 4, 2014 / Alexandria, VA - Jonathan Adelstein, President & CEO of PCIA - The Wireless Infrastructure Association, issued the following statement in response to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announcement regarding its Tower Climber Safety and Injury Prevention Workshop, which will be held October 14, 2014 in Washington, D.C.:

"PCIA shares the FCC’s abiding concern for worker safety and will continue to press our efforts to strengthen safety education and training at every turn.  The FCC’s October workshop augments the ongoing work that PCIA has been doing with the Department of Labor, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Warriors4Wireless, and a private-public coalition to bring job training and safety skills to America’s veterans and other worker-trainees.  In the coming weeks, PCIA will be working in concert with the FCC to ensure that its workshop benefits from the leading safety experts in the wireless infrastructure industry.  PCIA members remain thoroughly committed to strengthening worker safety whenever and wherever we can, and we commend the FCC’s initiative."

More more information about the workshop is available on the FCC's website.


PCIA: Ohio PUC Order Will Help Speed Broadband Deployment

July 30, 2014 / Alexandria, VA - PCIA - The Wireless Infrastructure Association released the following statement hailing the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio's order that provides established timelines for make-ready, harmonizes the reasons for attachment denial with those within the Federal Communications Commission's 2011 Pole Attachment Order, protects pole-top attachments, and aligns attachment rates with those of the federal cable attachment rate.

"PCIA is pleased that the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has ruled in favor of economic development and technological innovation in its pole attachment order. Today’s action will help bring leading-edge wireless broadband services to Ohioans across the state and build a network capable of transmitting next-generation technology. PCIA encourages swift approval by the Ohio legislature so that these rules can be effectuated as soon as practicable.”


PCIA Looks Forward to FCC’s August Open Meeting

July 18, 2014 / Alexandria, VA - PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association applauds the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for embracing our recommendations on improving air navigation safety. Since 2006, PCIA has demonstrated how technological advances in the wireless infrastructure industry are strengthening air navigation safety and encouraged the FCC to revise outdated regulations in Part 17. The FCC's forthcoming Order will encourage the adoption of advanced technologies by streamlining regulatory requirements and removing unnecessary rules. We eagerly anticipate the FCC’s commonsense updates that will bring Part 17 into the 21st century.

PCIA Urges U.S. Supreme Court to Reverse Eleventh Circuit and Remove Barriers to Wireless Infrastructure Investment

July 10, 2014 / Alexandria, VA - PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association today urged the U.S. Supreme Court to facilitate broadband deployment to consumers and strengthen economic growth by clarifying federal lawthat seeks to remove unreasonable barriers to the siting of wireless facilities. 

In an amicus curiae brief submitted in support of T-Mobile in the case of T-Mobile South LLC v. City of Roswell, Georgia, PCIA petitioned the Court to reverse the Eleventh Circuit’s ruling and uphold the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) key mission under the Telecommunications Act of 1996:  “encourag[ing] the deployment on a reasonable and timely basis of advanced telecommunications capability to all Americans” by removing arbitrary obstacles to infrastructure investment.

PCIA called on the Court to adopt the approach used in a majority of Federal Circuit Courts in enforcing the Act’s provision requiring localities to issue a written explanation based on substantial evidence if they choose todeny a wireless siting application. Too often in those Circuits that do not follow the majority approach, PCIA noted, communications providers such as T-Mobile are not adequately informed as to why a locality turned down their siting application, thus frustrating expedited judicial review as required by the Telecommunications Act and undermining the national goal of delivering wireless broadband services to all Americans.

"PCIA and its members have an abiding interest in this case,” PCIA stated in its brief.  “The Eleventh Circuit’s incorrect interpretation of the statute. . . allows localities to issue siting denials without an accompanying explanation, thus preventing applicants from receiving a final decision on their wireless siting applications in the ‘expedited’ manner the statute commands. Without the ability to deploy infrastructure quickly and where needed, America’s wireless companies and infrastructure providers cannot effectively meet the nation’s broadband deployment goals and satisfy exploding consumer demand."  

The Court is expected to issue a ruling in the Roswell case in early 2015.

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