FCC Moves to Speed Small Cell Deployments
The Federal Communications Commission today announced new initiatives that it hopes will reduce the number of hurdles network operators have to jump in order to deploy small or temporary cells. Specifically, the FCC clarified a technical provision in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 concerning local review of requests to modify existing wireless towers or base stations. It also launched proceedings to help speed up carriers' temporary network additions, such as Cells On Wheels (COWs) and Cells On Light Trucks (COLTs), which are typically used temporarily in public spaces to provide additional coverage. Last, the FCC is going to explore whether or not the existing shot clock that municipalities use to evaluate new cell tower applications is sufficient. The FCC expects these initiatives to play out over the next few months.
Sprint's 'Magic Box' Is An In-Home Small Cell to Help Improve Coverage
Sprint today announced the Magic Box, a tool Sprint hopes consumers and businesses will use to help it densify its LTE network. The Magic Box is similar to a signal booster in that owners place it in a window.
Court: FCC Allowed to Manage Tower Siting Process
An appeals court sided with the FCC recently in a decision that upholds the agency's authority to accelerate the process of gaining local approval for cell towers. The U.S.
AT&T Throwing 5G Tech at the Wall to See What Sticks
AT&T today said it plans to test a wide variety of potential 5G technologies throughout the year as it evolves from 4G LTE to next-generation mobile broadband. For example, the company intends to kick off field trials of AirGig later this year.
Sprint Pushing for Quicker Small Cell Site Approvals
Sprint has asked the FCC to help speed up the process for approving sites for small cells. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure and SVP of Government Affairs Vonya McCann met with FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai last week to discuss the subject.