GWTCA Advocates for Task Force to Tackle Small Cell Deployment Issues
Monday, March 27, 2017 | Comments

The Government Wireless Technology & Telecommunications Association (GWTCA) recommended that the FCC empower a task force to deal with issues surrounding small cell deployments. The recommendation came in a filing the GWTCA submitted in an FCC proceeding on streamlining small cell infrastructure policies.

In its comments, the GWTCA said that the task force should be responsible for simplifying the processes for small cell deployment, protecting the aesthetics of neighborhoods and protecting communities and residents living near small cell rights of way.

Right now, many operators are struggling to keep up with demand for wireless services and running into issues on the local level from residents concerned about the aesthetic and potential health effects of small cell deployments, the GWTCA said.

There is no single set of solutions that will work in every location, the association said. A task force could help simplify the processes around small cell while also protecting local communities.

The GWTCA also recommended that the FCC create an awareness campaign, including community outreach, to educate the public on a variety of issues and to address the trade-offs between ubiquitous access and ubiquitous infrastructure.

“The GWTCA recognizes that there are many ideas about how to proceed, as evidenced by the filings already submitted in this matter,” the filing said. “However, the goal is to simplify, not complicate, the process. At the same time, there should be as much consistency as possible.”

Find the full filing here.

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