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FCC Wants Faster Cell Tower Reviews

In a move that may speed up the rollout of next-generation mobile networks, the Federal Communications Commission unanimously approved a set of rules that gives states and local governments a time limit for reviewing and approving cellular towers.

Described as a "shot clock" rule, it establishes a 90-day deadline for deciding if a company can build infrastructure at existing tower locations, and a 150-day limit for new cell tower locations. Once this deadline is reached, the applicants can bring the issue to court for a decision. There is no presumption of approval in court through, the FCC said.

"This action will assist in speeding the deployment of next generation wireless networks while respecting the legitimate concerns of local authorities and preserving local control over zoning and land use policies," the agency said in a statement.

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— Marin Perez, InformationWeek

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