VOL. 14, NO. 10
March 5, 2018

October 29-31
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INCOMPAS Says Small Cell Deployment Reforms Will Help Launch Networks of the Future
On February 28, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr announced FCC plans to reform the regulatory review process for small cell deployment. Under the draft Order to be voted at the FCC's open meeting on March 22, small cells would no longer be subject to federal historic and environmental review processes designed for much larger structures. Removing these barriers will help to streamline deployment of the 5G networks of the future. Commissioner Carr predicts these measures will reduce the regulatory costs of deployment by 80 percent, while cutting the time it takes to deploy by more than half.

"We applaud Commissioner Carr and the FCC for taking common sense steps to reform the small cell deployment process to recognize America's modern
infrastructure needs," said INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering. "Deploying 5G networks is a national priority, critical to our nation's security. The cost- and time-savings these reforms will bring are an important first step to deploying the networks of the future, bringing 5G to even more Americans."

FCC Announces Agenda for March 22 Open Meeting 
The FCC announced the tentative agenda for its monthly Open Meeting, which is scheduled for Thursday, March 22:
  • Wireless Infrastructure Streamlining Order - The FCC will consider a Second Report and Order that would clarify and modify the procedures for NHPA and NEPA review of wireless infrastructure deployments. (WT Docket No. 17-79)
  • Reassigned Numbers Database - The Commission will consider a Second FNPRM to address the problem of unwanted calls to reassigned numbers.
  • Location-Based Routing for 911 Calls - The Commission will consider an NoI examining location-based routing of wireless 911 calls to ensure that calls are routed to the proper 911 call center.
  • 4.9 GHz Band - The Commission will consider a Sixth FNPRM to stimulate use of and investment in the 4.9 GHz band.
  • Streamlining Television Satellite Station Reauthorization - The Commission will consider an NPRM that proposes to streamline the reauthorization process for television satellite stations that are assigned or transferred in combination with a previously approved parent station.
  • Consumer Signal Boosters - The Commission will consider a Second Report and Order that would remove the personal use restriction for provider-specific consumer signal boosters and a Second FNPRM that seeks comment on ways to further expand access to consumer signal boosters.

The Open Meeting is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. ET at FCC headquarters in Washington, D.C. The meeting will be streamed live at www.fcc.gov/live and can be followed on social media with #OpenMtgFCC.

Hill Democrats Introduce 
Net Neutrality Resolution
On February 27 - the Net Neutrality National Day of Action - Senate and House Democrats introduced a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to overturn the FCC's partisan decision on net neutrality. At a press conference, Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA-12) announced introduction of House and Senate resolutions to fully restore the 2015 Open Internet Order. The Senate CRA resolution of disapproval stands at 50 supporters, including Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). Rep. Doyle's resolution in the House of Representatives currently has 150 co-sponsors.
Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act Signed into Law
On February 26, President Trump signed into law S. 96, the "Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2017." The law requires intermediate providers that offer the capability to transmit voice communications and signaling information from one destination to another, and that charge a rate to any other entity (including an affiliated entity) for such a transmission, to register with the FCC and comply with service quality standards to be established by the FCC.