WIA President/CEO Jonathan Adelstein opens Connect(X)
followed by an interview of FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly.
Photos by Leslie Stimson, Inside Towers (MORE PHOTOS)
Wireless Infrastructure Association
President Jonathan Adelstein opened Connect (X) to a large crowd in the
main ballroom at the convention center here in Charlotte, NC yesterday.
He said the association works hard to put on a show that helps industry
get business done.
Former FCC Commissioner Kathleen
Abernathy, now Special Counsel for law firm Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer,
interviewed current FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly about a variety of
topics. Asked about the world-wide race
for 5G, he emphasized that in some countries, the government provides
funds for private companies to deploy their communications networks, and
here, private companies largely pay for it themselves.
The FCC’s job is to ensure all
stakeholders have a level playing field to put them in a position to
innovate and succeed, said O’Rielly. He ticked off recent actions the
Commission has taken to clear out red tape to enable small cell
deployment. O’Rielly said many municipalities are determined to extract
high dollar amounts for small cell deployment; Adelstein said earlier
that 20 states have passed legislation to ease such deployment. Continue Reading