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Join NACo, NLC, and USCM on letter to FCC regarding Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee

Last week, the National Association of Counties (NACo), National League of Cities (NLC) and U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman, Ajit Pai, expressing concern about the lack of local representation on the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC). The BDAC was first launched on March 1, 2017 to provide advice and recommendations to the FCC on how to accelerate the deployment of high-speed Internet access, or “broadband,” by reducing and/or removing regulatory barriers to infrastructure investment. In the joint letter sent to the FCC, NACo, NLC and USCM highlighted concerns about the BDAC’s overall lack of local gove

FCC's O'Rielly Praises SPEED Act

Republican FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly is all for a new bill to speed the deployment of broadband, but also says it highlights why FCC action is needed. That came in a statement Monday (Oct. 23) on a bipartisan bill introduced last week by Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) that would streamline the deployment of broadband infrastructure in areas that had already been "subjected" to historical or environmental reviews. The idea is to speed rights-of-way grants and avoid duplicative reviews to pave the way for next-gen broadband, like 5G, say the sponsors of the appropriately named Streamlining Permitting to Enable Efficient Deployment of Broadband Infrastr

Bipartisan Bill Could SPEED Next-Gen Broadband

A bipartisan bill has been introduced that would streamline the deployment of broadband infrastructure in areas that had already been "subjected" to historical or environmental reviews, including by preempting FCC reviews. The idea is to speed rights-of-way grants and avoid duplicative reviews to pave the way for next-gen broadband, like 5G, say sponsors Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) of the appropriately named Streamlining Permitting to Enable Efficient Deployment of Broadband Infrastructure Act of 2017 (SPEED Act), S. 1988. Specifically, the bill would: "Exempt telecommunications infrastructure from environmental and historic reviews by the Federal Communic

Concerns mount over FCC 5G rollout plans

The National Association of Counties and other groups are urging the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to work more closely with local governments as the agency looks into how best to deploy the next generation of telecommunications services. Earlier this year, the FCC appointed at least 25 telecom execs to its 30-member Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC), which is charged with making recommendations on how local governments should work with them on executing siting proposals in their communities. Several government officials were also appointed to the committee, including San Jose, California Mayor Sam Liccardo, as well as a utility commissioner from Massachusett

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