FCC TO REVIEW MUNICIPAL RIGHT-OF-WAY AUTHORITY
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) examining rights-of-way issues and how the agency “can work with its state, local, tribal, and federal partners to improve policies for access to rights of way and for wireless facility siting.”
Specifically, the NOI seeks information and data regarding challenges, best practices, and educational efforts to help the FCC accurately determine the need for policy and rules surrounding broadband deployment.
Similar NOIs in the past relating to cable franchising have resulted in curtailment of municipal authority. League staff – in cooperation with the National League of Cities, the Texas Coalition of Cities for Utility Issues, and others – will monitor and participate as necessary to protect municipal interests.