Contact: Virginia Hines
Subject: Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Industry Camp Seeking Further Pre-emption of Local Control of Wireless Antenna and Tower Siting.
Action: Urge Your Local Government to Join a Coalition of Cities and Towns to Send a Clear Message to The FCC that Siting of Wireless Facilities Should be Controlled at the Local Level.
Background: See Action Alert Dated 09/11/2008
To Join Coalition Contact:
James R. Hobson, Miller & Van Eaton
1155 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 1000
Washington, D.C. 20036-4320
Telephone: (202) 785-0600
Facsimile: (202) 785-1234
Excerpted Remarks from FCC Chairman Genachowski on 10/07/09 “America’s Mobile Broadband Future” to the CTIA, San Diego, CA
My specific objectives involve unleashing spectrum for broadband; removing obstacles to 4G deployment, like delays in tower siting; developing fair rules of the road to preserve the openness of the Internet, while recognizing the differences between wired and wireless technologies; and empowering consumers by supporting a vibrant, transparent and competitive mobile marketplace, where they can compare fibre broadband and other deals. You can see more info here.
Well, today I want to announce another type of MBA: our Mobile Broadband Agenda — our four-part plan to promote a world-leading wireless landscape in the United States. These are the goals on which I look forward to working with the wireless industry and all stakeholders in the period ahead.
Unleashing spectrum for 4G mobile broadband
Removing obstacles to robust and ubiquitous 4G deployment
Providing fair rules of the road for an open Internet — so that it remains a vibrant
platform for innovation and investment, recognizing the differences between wired and wireline technologies
Empowering consumers by supporting a vibrant, transparent and competitive
On the issue of tower siting, we have heard your call. This issue is ripe for action. I have consulted with my fellow Commissioners, and in the near future we are going to move forward with a shot-clock proposal designed to speed the process, while taking into account the legitimate concerns of local authorities.
This was your idea, and we’re working on other ways to improve the tower siting process. For example, I hope we can promote the sharing of best practices, including potentially creating an online clearinghouse of best ideas on the FCC’s website.