Home California governor blocks small cell siting reform AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 17 OCT 2017 Tags Verizon shuffles executives T-Mobile US chief predicts market rebound The governor of California blocked a bill approved by the state’s legislature which would have streamlined small cell siting regulations.Under the plan, which was backed by all four major US wireless carriers and industry association CTIA, a uniform permit process would have been established and fixed fees set for small cell deployments in the nation’s most populous state.Though the bill was passed by both the state assembly and senate in September, Governor Edmund Brown this week declined to sign it into law. Brown indicated in a letter to the state senate he recognised the “real value” in accelerating deployments of new technology, but insisted the preservation of local municipal interests “requires a more balanced solution” than seen in the bill.Wireless stakeholders – including Verizon and T-Mobile US – have been pushing for small cell siting reforms at the state level while they await potential action from the Federal Communications Commission on a nationwide scale. Bills similar to the one blocked in California were signed into law by the governors of Virginia, Minnesota, Texas, Rhode Island, Arizona, Iowa, Delaware, and Colorado among others. Ohio’s iteration of the bill, which was approved in December 2016, was stayed by the courts.Nationwide battleThe California veto is a blow to US operators, which have been working to densify their networks ahead of 5G. At an investor conference in June, for example, T-Mobile executives said the operator aims to add another 25,000 small cells to its current network of 15,000 small cells and DAS nodes in the coming years. T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray in July touted the rollout of 1,000 small cells in Los Angeles, but all US operators report their expansions have been hindered by egregiously long permit reviews and exorbitant siting fees.In May, Sprint told the FCC it was forced to pay $7,535 per site in review fees when it added small cells to NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas ahead of the 2017 Super Bowl.“Without relief, many small cell deployments will face long delays and excessive costs, hindering both wireless broadband deployment and US leadership in the race to 5G,” Verizon wrote in a FCC filing in March.At Mobile World Congress Americas in September, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure reiterated the warning, noting the US stands to lose its leadership position on 5G if government officials can’t “get their act together” on siting reform. Related Mobile Mix: Buzzing for Barcelona Author Diana Goovaerts Previous ArticleQualcomm aims to thrive on growing band complexityNext ArticleMobile tipped to play key role in Netflix growth Featured Content Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more 5GAT&TFederal Communications Commission (FCC)small cellsSprintT-Mobile USVerizon
Following up Warren Haynes’ announcement last week of the return of the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration with stops in Tanglewood in Lenox, MA on July 1 and Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO on August 1, Haynes has announced two more shows for the summer, the first coming at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA on June 24, and the second on August 6 at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in New York.In addition, Haynes will make up the West Coast portion of his tour with the Ashes & Dust Band that he had to cancel earlier this fall due to a family emergency. Tour gets underway on March 22 in Solana Beach, CA. Check below for full show details.