Are there other challenges that cities face in regulating wireless installations?

Yes.  On September 26, 2018, the FCC issued a new declaratory ruling and order titled “Accelerating Wireless Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment” and issued the following statement in support of their actions: 

“The FCC is committed to doing our part to help ensure the United States wins the global race to 5G to the benefit of all Americans. Today’s action is the next step in the FCC’s ongoing efforts to remove regulatory barriers that would unlawfully inhibit the deployment of infrastructure necessary to support these new services…  We thus find that now is the appropriate time to move forward with an approach geared at the conduct that threatens to limit the deployment of 5G services.” 


The new FCC order imposes new limits on a city’s ability to make decisions based on aesthetics aesthetic , shorten the shot application review time frame even more, and establishes a new standard of review for courts which that is more favorable to wireless providers when a city’s action is legally challenged.  The FCC order is scheduled to go into effect on January 24, 2019.

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1. What is a small cell wireless facility?
2. Who governs the location of wireless facilities?
3. What has the Town of Danville done to address this issue?
4. What does the Town’s Wireless Ordinance do?
5. What have other cities done?
6. Can potential health effects prevent these installations from being approved?
7. Can the Town require fiber underground as an alternative?
8. Why does the Town’s ordinance streamline the review process?
9. Does the Town’s ordinance favor one neighborhood over another?
10. Is there a limit to the number of cell facilities in Danville?
11. Are there other challenges that cities face in regulating wireless installations?
12. Has FCC’s new order been challenged?