The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Vice President of Federal Regulatory:
“Today the Commission adopted an Order updating and modernizing the Part 17 rules governing the construction, marking and lighting of antenna structures. As carriers continue to invest billions in the deployment of wireless broadband networks, unnecessary or outdated requirements on the installation and maintenance of wireless structures can create barriers that slow deployment efforts. The Bureau Staff, under the leadership of Chief Roger Sherman, should be commended for their recent efforts to identify outdated regulations and to streamline regulatory requirements in ways that will have a significant impact on infrastructure builds.
“Today’s action is just the first in a series of proceedings underway to reduce obstacles to the deployment of wireless facilities. Increasing certainty in the FCC’s processes and removing barriers to infrastructure deployment will accelerate network investment, which will result in broader wireless coverage and capacity for wireless consumers across the country. We look forward to continuing to work with Bureau Staff on the related proceedings.”