WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission today approved a declaratory ruling and notice of proposed rulemaking to streamline wireless infrastructure rules related to upgrading existing sites for 5G networks. The following statement should be attributed to Will Johnson, Verizon Senior Vice President, Federal Regulatory and Legal Affairs:
"Achieving the full and timely potential of 5G in the United States requires good infrastructure policy. In today's order, the FCC continues its important work in facilitating infrastructure deployment by clarifying rules to avoid unnecessary regulatory review. In the 2012 Spectrum Act, Congress mandated streamlined review by state and local governments of modifications to existing wireless facilities, and today's order will further that policy. The common sense clarifications adopted today help ensure that providers quickly upgrade their existing facilities to 5G, hastening consumers' access to next-generation wireless services."