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FCC Springs Forward to Wireless

Following through on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s stated goal of “winning the wireless future,”[1] the FCC at its March meeting adopted several items intended to promote the deployment and use of mobile broadband services. First, the FCC eliminated the requirement for environmental and historic reviews of the deployment of new “small cell” wireless facilities and streamlined the review of other wireless infrastructure. Second, the Commission jump-started an existing proceeding regarding a 50-megahertz block of mid-band spectrum currently dedicated to public safety use, and sought comment on whether it should be available in whole or in part for commercial use. Third, the Commission took steps to facilitate the use of signal boosters to expand and improve wireless coverage in business and other institutional settings. 

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