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Comments to FCC on Small Cell Wireless Infrastructure on Historic Buildings close Monday, February 3

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeks comment on review procedures of the installation of DAS (distributed antenna systems) and small cell wireless infrastructure [DAS/small cells] related to NEPA, Section 106 and review coordination that might be needed with ACHP, NCSHPO and tribal organizations.

In a report commissioned by the Wireless Infrastructure Association (PCIA), NCSHPO members responding to a survey expressed a range of opinions. Concluding that this infrastructure is not the same as large cell towers and antennas, some noted that the DSA/small cells were in fact smaller than typically reviewed infrastructure but that it may add to visual clutter. Read the report

While these DAS/small cell are certainly smaller, it is critical to tell the FCC that is is important that agencies maintain their authority and ability to review in these types of installations.

For more information;

Official Federal Register Docket →
Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act (Biggert-Waters) heading to the Senate
Preservation Action is monitoring US Senate movement on the Flood Insurance bill. Last week, the Senate voted 86-13 to invoke cloture on the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which allows the bill to be brought up for consideration by the Senate. Now, that we know the bill will go to the Floor, we are tracking amendments. A vote on final passage is expected later this week.
Yesterday evening, the White House released a Statement of Administration Policy on the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act to convey its position on a piece of legislation. Unfortunately, the SAP does not read strongly in our favor. Read the Administration’s position →
At this juncture, it is important to share your state concerns with your Senators. Let them know the it is important to not take any action that would increase insurance rates to properties in coastal areas that may be impacted by floods.
Advocacy resources;

Example Letter by Greater New Orleans, Inc

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