The US Federal Court of Appeals upheld the 2018 FCC ruling to limit the fees the City can charge wireless carriers for deploying small cells for 5G networks.
The ruling of the US 9th Circuit of Appeals in San Francisco concerns three FCC orders issued in 2018 to accelerate the rollout of 5G networks, despite objections from the authorities in several US cities.
These FCC orders limit the ability of local governments to regulate telecommunications service providers. They also imposed a ban on discrimination by owners and operators of utility towers of 5G and broadband data service providers, and on preventing them from accessing the towers.
The Court of Appeal upheld the commission’s orders, with the exception of a provision concerning the powers of local authorities with regard to aesthetic standards.
This decision marks a major victory for wireless carriers such as AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc and T-Mobile US Inc. In 2018, AT&T said the excessive fees Portland, Oregon was trying to introduce, prevented it from deploying small 5G cells in the city.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai called the court’s ruling a “major victory” for the commission and American consumers.
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