The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs:

“AT&T applauds the FCC and the Wireless Bureau Staff for taking action today to streamline the federal regulatory process for replacing utility poles. The Commission rightly recognizes that replacement poles have no reasonable potential to adversely impact historic properties and should therefore not be subject to burdensome rules and a lengthy preservation review process. Today’s order gets us one step closer to the rollout of 5G technology by enabling carriers to deploy upgraded utility poles that can hold critical small cell technologies. This is a win for consumers who will benefit from denser network builds that in turn will drive faster network speeds and better coverage.”

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