While the FCC’s 2012 Spectrum Act set the initial guidelines around how telecom carriers handle spectrum, these regulations have been put to the test over the past years as both the needs of end-users and technology continue to change drastically. With the speed of technology increasing and the demand for wireless connectivity on the rise, the FCC was faced with a problem: the process of getting permitting, zoning, and building sites, or modifying existing sites took carriers and "towercos" a lot of time and money. The process wasn’t sustainable with how fast the tech world was growing and changing.
The goal of these regulation updates is to meet the accelerated deployment rate of wireless by better utilizing the infrastructure that is currently in place. For carriers and towercos, these rulings create new opportunities to grow and expand quickly, by rolling out a faster permitting process for co-locations. The Spectrum Act favors co-locations by treating them differently: when a carrier expands their reach by modifying a site that already exists (instead of building a new site), the process is shorter, simpler, and more efficient. In this end, this allows telecommunications businesses to grow, expand, and deploy faster than ever before.
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