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FCC plans 5G spectrum auction

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said his agency is ready to move forward with a major auction of millimeter wave spectrum for 5G, if Congress will cooperate. The FCC wants to auction spectrum in the 28 GHz band this November. Speaking at Mobile World Congress, Pai said that the upcoming auction is contingent on Congress passing a new law to make it easier for the FCC to deposit upfront payments from bidders. The agency has said that banks are unwilling to hold these deposits in interest-bearing accounts because federal law makes it expensive to collateralize public deposits in excess of the amount insured by the FDIC. Pai said he is hopeful that Congress will change the l

Red Flags on Wireless: Local Governments Should Speak Up Now for Local Control

When San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo resigned from a FCC advisory committee last week, it was a move that should alert communities around the country that they are facing the imminent prospect of new federal regulations (and possibly more rounds of state legislation). These new regulations would likely remove local authority to control the placement of wireless facilities, and to charge for — and control access by — wireless providers to community-owned properties, including street lights, parks and buildings. Last year, the new FCC Chairman created a Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee with the goal of providing advice and recommendations for the Commission on how to accelerate the deplo

Concerns about proposed Bridge Street cell antennae addressed

A company looking to place two new utility poles with cellular antennae along North Bridge Street says they will initially be connected for transmission of 4G signals rather than 5G signals that had raised some concerns about the project. Dave Minger, Central Ohio permitting manager for Mobilitie LLC, told members of city council's Engineering Committee last week that the poles — one located in the vicinity of the Arby's restaurant and one located on the west side of Bridge Street just north of the strip mall in front of Sam's Club — have been requested by Sprint to boost its 4G cell signal in that area. "These are initially intended as 4G hot spots," Minger told the Gazette. "Right now, you

Tennessee Taxpayers Need To Know The Truth About Proposed Small Cell Legislation

CNX, a leader in providing broadband master planning and program management services to municipalities across the country, wants Tennessee residents to understand the impact that the recent House Bill 2279, if passed will have on their communities. On February 2, 2018 House Bill 2279 and its’ companion SB 2504 were introduced. The bill has been presented by AT&T and if passed, will impact municipalities’ ability to manage their public right-of-way and generate on-going revenue from city-owned assets, like light poles located in the public rights-of way. In order to meet growing demand for wireless services, it is estimated carriers, like AT&T, will seek to deploy hundreds of thousands of sm

New Cell Towers Get Bad Reception

Once characterized by light industrial uses and relegated to “Marina-adjacent” status, the Los Angeles neighborhood of Del Rey is rapidly filling in with new housing and office space. This evolution has brought with it a deluge of new cell phone towers, infuriating many residents who believe they have little choice about where telecom companies install them. And to a large extent, they’re right. “The reality is that as our state and federal laws are written, they are allowed to build these [towers],” said Matt Wershing, a member of the Del Rey Neighborhood Council and the chairman of its land use and planning committee. Looking out from her bedroom window one day last month, Rennee Salvestri

How evolution of 5G networks and small cell technology is impacting the market and value of cell tow

Most government agencies lease ground space to wireless carriers, tower companies or other businesses and mistakenly view the payments received from these "cell tower leases” as a steady flow of monthly or periodic income with little in the way of landlord responsibilities and almost no downside. Although landlord responsibilities may be minimal, the financial risks of cell tower leases can be significant due to lost opportunity costs associated with mismanagement of the lease or failure to negotiate key terms into the governing lease. Most cell tower leases contain an “early termination clause,” providing the tenant (typically a wireless carrier or tower company) with the means to terminate

GA Column: Local governments not blocking internet access

The concerns about “two Georgias” – one in metro Atlanta and the other in rural Georgia – have been a recurring topic under the Gold Dome for the past two legislative sessions. The findings of the rural study committees in both the House and Senate have repeatedly highlighted a lack of basic access to broadband services and new technologies in the most rural parts of the state. Now that legislators have identified the main issue, why has it been so hard to address? Wireless telecommunication companies seeking to pass state laws in their favor argue the main impediment to broadband deployment is the local governments. We’ve found this to be quite the contrary. Cities across Georgia are approv

FCC Announces the Next Meeting of the BDAC

This Public Notice serves as notice that, consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act,1 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) announces the next meeting of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC). The meeting will be held Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at 9:00 a.m., in the Commission Meeting Room at FCC Headquarters, located at 445 12th Street, SW, Room TW-C305, Washington, DC 20554. At this meeting, the BDAC will consider reports and recommendations from its working groups, including the Model Code for Municipalities working group and the Model Code for States working group. In addition, the BDAC will continue its discussions on how to accelerate the deploy

Citizen group revives charter city move for Rancho Palos Verdes

A group of residents concerned about losing local control in Rancho Palos Verdes is organizing a campaign to become a charter city, which would operate less at the whim of state lawmakers in Sacramento. The legal designation, which gives cities more control under the state constitution than general-law cities, would require voter approval, possibly as soon as November. “We are losing our rights as a city almost moment by moment with things coming down from the state,” Mayor Susan Brooks said. “… With a charter city, at least we have a fighting chance.” If a charter were approved by voters, Rancho Palos Verdes would follow in the footsteps of nearby charter cities Torrance, Redondo Beach, Ing

Washington Rural Broadband Bill Sails Through House

(TNS) — Rural Washington may soon see high-speed internet capabilities, if a bill championed by Rep. Mary Dye, R-Pomeroy, survives the state senate. House Bill 2664, which passed the House in a landslide 98-0 vote, seeks to give ports throughout Washington the authority to build fiber optic infrastructure in their areas. "It's an interesting political bill because there's just a great deal of support among both parties to do something to help rural Washington," Dye said. "There's rural areas throughout the state, even in urban counties like King County, that are underserved and the ports are the greatest tool to get that done." Dye said Pullman stands out as an example of how access to high-

KPUD in Washington State extending speedy fiber internet connections to homes

Residents of the Lookout Lane neighborhood in Poulsbo found themselves united three years ago by a common aggravation. "Everyone was frustrated with CenturyLink," resident Rick Kriss recalled. Because the neighborhood's internet hardware was obsolete, the telecommunications giant was providing customers a slow, 1 megabyte-per-second connection but still charging $60 a month for service, according to Kriss. With no alternatives available, Lookout Lane residents devised a plan to take control of their internet destiny. The neighborhood worked with Kitsap Public Utility District to extend open-access fiber-optic connections to their homes and approved a local utility district to share the cost

Leaders in Brunswick, Md., Adopt New Small Cell Regulations

(TNS) — Leaders in Brunswick, Md., looked toward the future at a Tuesday night council meeting, approving a new ordinance designed to regulate the placement of small cell antennas — an emerging technology used by companies such as AT&T and Verizon to improve network coverage. The antennas can range from a few feet high to the size of a refrigerator and generally offer up to five city blocks of coverage, said City Administrator Dave Dunn. The technology is becoming increasingly popular among large cellular providers and smaller vendors as a way to “enhance capacity and fill in coverage gaps,” according to a report issued by the Federal Communications Commission. “We’ve had people knocking on

‘Twilight towers’ issue pits wireless industry against Native American, historical preservation grou

The FCC has opened a proceeding on the so-called “Twilight Towers,” an issue that is clearly split between the wireless industry and some Native American tribes and historical preservation groups. And the situation is getting somewhat heated: “The presumption that Twilight Towers have no adverse effects on historic properties is false,” wrote the National Trust for Historic Preservation in a filing with the FCC on the issue. Comments from Native American tribes from across the country strike a similar tone. “The very existence of Twilight Towers is a failure of the FCC to uphold its trust responsibility to Tribal Nations and is in violation of federal law,” wrote the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe i

Zayo builds long-haul Nevada-Oregon dark fiber route

Zayo has gotten out its network backhoe again, announcing plans to build a new long-haul dark fiber network between Reno, Nevada, and Umatilla, Oregon. But this is not a speculative build. The route is anchored by a webscale customer and is generating strong demand from additional customers. Reno is a fast-growing data center hub for webscale companies. Based on its proximity to Silicon Valley, it offers affordable real estate, industrial power and a favorable tax environment. Upon completion, Zayo will add over 600 route miles along the western U.S. and add to the Portland and Umatilla route announced last year. As a fully underground route, the fiber network route connects the two cities v

Knoxville partnering with CNX to prepare for 5G network

Dive Brief: The City of Knoxville, TN announced it will partner with telecommunications company CNX to prepare the deployment of 5G technology. CNX will consult with the city on existing laws governing small cell installations on city right-of-way, inventorying city-owned assets and creating a program to manage requests to attach technology to city owned infrastructure. The company is already working with city staff on policy that would streamline requests for technology like cell towers, micro-cells and antenna on public assets like light poles and government buildings. CNX agreed to deliver a full plan to the city by the end of March. "The City of Knoxville will benefit from CNX's expertis

What is 5G? Here are the basics

Those crazy-fast 5G networks are right around the corner. Unfortunately, they also come with their own vocabulary of tech jargon and buzzwords that wireless industry executives throw around a little too casually. First off, a quick definition of 5G: It's the next (fifth) generation of cellular technology which promises to greatly enhance the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. How fast are we talking about? Think 10 to 100 times speedier than your typical cellular connection, and even faster than anything you can get with a physical fiber-optic cable going into your house. (You'll be able to download a season's worth of "Stranger Things" in seconds.) It's not just about

Fort Wayne, IN eyes cell tower legislation

Fort Wayne officials say they are watching a bill that could make it difficult to regulate where a communications company installs cellular utility poles or other wireless infrastructure in the public right of way. House Bill 1050, which passed the Indiana House of Representatives in a 75-17 vote on Jan. 30, limits the ability of a city's underground and buried utility district to deny applications for new cellular towers. It was sponsored by Rep. David Ober, R-Albion. “HB 1050 would limit the applicability of ordinances and resolutions passed last year in response to SEA 213 to areas zoned residential where all existing utility infrastructure is already buried,” Stephanie Crandall, the city

Cities to federal government: Don't tell us how to build our internet

San Jose, California, is the largest city in Silicon Valley, where pioneering tech companies are testing self-driving cars on the streets. Still, about 95,000 of the city's residents don't have internet access — an inequity found in many American cities, and one that politicians at every level of government say they want to solve. But there are sharp disagreements about how exactly to do that. At the end of January, San Jose's mayor, Sam Liccardo, brought this fight into the open, publicly resigning from a Federal Communications Commission committee tasked with recommending ways to speed up broadband deployment. "I concluded that there is no will from this FCC or from this committee to put t

Senate Bill Would Combine Highway, Broadband Projects

Newly introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate would require broadband infrastructure conduits to be built alongside certain federal highway projects. Proponents argue the policy, known as "dig once," would bolster high-speed broadband access, particularly in rural and underserved areas. “Rural Montanans need access to high-speed internet to support local jobs and compete in the 21st century economy,” Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said in a statement. “We cannot let government regulations stand in the way of the 41 percent of rural Montanans who still lack access to high-speed broadband.” Daines introduced the Streamlining and Investing in Broadband Infrastructure Act along with fellow Republ

Loveland, CO pushing ahead on broadband without citywide vote

The city of Loveland doesn't have to put up for a vote the establishment of a utility to provide municipal broadband services. But should the city do it anyway? That was one of the questions Loveland City Council members grappled with in an hours-long broadband discussion Tuesday night. Ultimately, council members voted against — for now — putting a question about municipal broadband on the ballot by a vote of 5-4. This comes months after a similar decision to not take the question to voters at the end of last year. Council members voted to approve four different items related to broadband at the meeting: adopting the Broadband Task Force's recommendations, including pursuing a retail or pub

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