By Catherine Sbeglia on JUNE 5, 2020 5G, Network Infrastructure, Policy, Towers
The 5G Upgrade Order clarifies the FCC’s 2014 tower upgrade rules
On June 9, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on a long-awaited “5G Upgrade Order” that will clarify siting rules for wireless deployment. After the FCC’s 2014 rules regarding cell tower modifications proved ambiguous and out of date, pressure for changes began to mount.
The latest order includes a declaratory ruling and notice of proposed rule making that would eliminate siting delays, promote collocation and accelerate wireless network builds by clarifying rules for upgrading equipment on existing infrastructure, according to the agency.