Sprint and Mobilitie will pay a combined $11.6 million to resolve two FCC investigations regarding whether the companies completed tower registration and environmental and historic impact reviews before building small cell infrastructure facilities.
Sprint contracted with Mobilitie to
deploy wireless network equipment. Under rules in effect at that time,
deploying wireless infrastructure facilities, like towers and structures
for small cells, required environmental and historic preservation
reviews, including Tribal consultation, before construction, to assess
possible effects on wildlife, flood plains, historic Tribal sites, and
other sites of historic or cultural significance.
In 2014, Sprint began a densification
program to accelerate deployment of small cells to enhance 4G coverage
and lay a path for 5G. The FCC said its investigation found that Sprint
“entered into an agreement with a third party to install Sprint-owned
small cells and associated equipment on structures owned by the third
party or others.” Continue Reading