Government Technology

National Associations Clarify FCC Record, Tout Local Government Efforts to Spur Broadband Deployment



Local Government Not Impeding Wireless Rollout

October 4, 2011 By

The U.S. Conference of Mayors with other national associations*  last week filed joint Reply Comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), stating that local wireless siting and right-of-way management and compensation practices are not delaying broadband deployment.

The joint Reply Comments were filed in the FCC's broadband deployment proceeding (11-59).

The National Associations filed initial comments July 19, presenting technical information, an econometric study, and a catalogue of local experiences, all of which confirmed that local practices are enhancing, not restraining, broadband deployment at the local level.

In last week's filing, the Conference and the other organizations cited industry complaints about local zoning and management practices as inaccurate and misleading, calling attention to false anecdotes and unsubstantiated claims lacking statistical or economic analyses.

The filing also points to inconsistent positions taken by industry representatives, who argued to the Commission that local right-of-way and wireless facility siting practices are slowing deployment and hindering infrastructure investment, while often arguing in other forums that deployment is widespread, with investment at historic levels and competitive and vibrant markets throughout the U.S.

The Conference and its partner organizations offered that local governments stand ready to partner with the Commission in developing targeted and voluntary programs to facilitate further local government and other local efforts to encourage broadband adoption and deployment.

*The organizations are: The National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, the United States Conference of Mayors, the International Municipal Lawyers Association, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, the Government Finance Officers Association, the American Public Works Association, the International City/County Management Association and The American Planning Association.


| More

Comments

Add Your Comment

You are solely responsible for the content of your comments. We reserve the right to remove comments that are considered profane, vulgar, obscene, factually inaccurate, off-topic, or considered a personal attack.

In Our Library

White Papers | Exclusives Reports | Webinar Archives | Best Practices and Case Studies
Fresh Ideas In Online Security for Public Safety Organizations
Lesley Carhart, Senior Information Security Specialist at Motorola Solutions, knows that online and computer security are more challenging than ever. Personal smartphones, removable devices like USB storage drives, and social media have a significant impact on security. In “Fresh Ideas in Online Security for Public Safely Organizations,” Lesley provides recommendations to improve your online security against threats from social networks, removable devices, weak passwords and digital photos.
Meeting Constituents Where They Are With Dynamic, Real-Time Mobile Engagement
Leveraging the proven and open Kofax Mobile Capture Platform, organizations can rapidly integrate powerful mobile engagement solutions across the spectrum of mobile image capture, mobile data capture and complete mobile process integration. Kofax differentiates itself by extending capture to mobility, supporting multiple points of constituent engagement. Kofax solutions dynamically orchestrate the user’s mobile experience from a single platform—reducing time to market, improving process perf
Public Safety 2019
Motorola conducted an industry survey on the latest trends in public safety communications. The results provide an outlook of what technology is in store for your agency in the next five years. Download the results to gain this valuable insight.
View All

Featured Papers