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Small Wireless Facilities: Are There Any Coverage Gaps In Your Regulations?

The Federal Communications Commission's 2018 Declaratory Ruling was meant to accelerate deployment of small wireless facilities, but the ruling also restricts how local governments can regulate their installation. Here are key takeaways for agencies to avoid coverage gaps.

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Funding for Broadband Expansion

Funding for Broadband Expansion

Is your local government looking to expand broadband access to un- or underserved communities? Fortunately, there are existing state and federal grant programs to tap for help as well as exciting new federal funding opportunities.

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Local Governments Prepare for Broadband Expansion

Local Governments Prepare for Broadband Expansion

With potential new sources of funding to support the expansion of reliable broadband services, local governments across Washington are busy building partnerships, identifying un- and underserved areas, and planning equitable deployment strategies to reach all communities.

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State Legislature Expands Municipal Authority to Provide Broadband, but to What Extent?

State Legislature Expands Municipal Authority to Provide Broadband, but to What Extent?

This blog provides an overview of recent legislation meant to expand the availability of municipally supplied broadband in Washington. 

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The 9th Circuit Backs the FCC in Small Wireless Appeal

The 9th Circuit Backs the FCC in Small Wireless Appeal

This post covers a recent ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upholding Federal Communications Commission Orders preempting many aspects of local government regulation of small wireless facilities.

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New FCC Order on Cable Franchising

New FCC Order on Cable Franchising

This blog post looks at the recent order from the Federal Communications Commission, which addresses franchise fees local governments often charge cable operators, as well as what defines an in-kind contribution. 

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FCC’s Declaratory Ruling on 5G Small Cell Wireless Facilities

FCC’s Declaratory Ruling on 5G Small Cell Wireless Facilities

The FCC recently issued a 2-part Declaratory Ruling with the intent to streamline the deployment of 4G and 5G mobile communication infrastructure. Key points of the ruling are listed and briefly discussed in this post.

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Preparing for Small Cell Deployments

Preparing for Small Cell Deployments

In this blog post, guest author Elana Zana discusses small cells and gives some recommendations on preparing for small cell deployment. 

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Model Ordinances for New Wireless Antenna Facility Siting Regulations

Model Ordinances for New Wireless Antenna Facility Siting Regulations

Cities and counties need to revisit their wireless antenna facility siting regulations to bring them up-to-date with the FCC’s October 2014 Acceleration of Broadband Deployment Order, which includes final rules implementing Section 6409(a) of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.

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