Now local governments will be required to approve or deny deployment of new small wireless facilities within 90 days, or just 60 days if added to existing equipment. In the past, many cities took months to approve new towers.
If local governments fail to reply within the required time, wireless companies will have grounds to sue for rights to install their 5G networks.
Not only will this speed up the rollout of 5G, but it is also going to cut the costs by limiting the time networks have to wait for a vote. According to the FCC, this should save $2 billion in unnecessary costs.
The FCC has been pushing to speed up the rollout of new internet options like 5G. Earlier this year the FCC limited the ability of companies like AT&T from blocking new companies access to utility poles. In the past companies had to get approval from every company using a pole to add equipment. Now the FCC says as long as the existing equipment is not moved companies like AT&T no longer get a say on if new equipment is added.
Hopefully, this helps speed up the rollout of 5G and other internet options across the United States.
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