UPDATE The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) strongly supports the FCC’s plan to exclude so-called Twilight Towers from routine historic preservation review. The FCC proposed such a change in December, Inside Towers reported, to make more towers available for wireless deployment like broadband, including FirstNet and 5G.
filed with the FCC late last week, NATE said: “For too long, the
regulatory status of twilight towers has placed the industry in limbo
and an affirmative vote by FCC Commissioners to exclude co-locations on
these structures from routine historic preservation review is common
sense policy.” Some 4,000 towers built
between 2001 to 2005 couldn’t accept co-location because either they
were built without historic preservation review or don’t have
documentation that such a review occurred.
New towers will be built, but siting
and planning, combined with permitting processes, are time-consuming,
according to the association. Permitting more co-location will speed
tower work as well as address workforce shortages. Continue Reading