Tower Projections

SNL Kagan recently released their tower projections through 2025. While there was a decline in active sites during 2014 due to the site decommissioning of Nextel, Leap Wireless, and MetroPCS, SNL Kagan thinks the shrinkage will pass. A number of positive events and trends outweigh the temporary lull of carrier consolidation, including: (1) Consumer demand for mobile data has ramped up like the blade of a hockey stick and will continue to follow that path for several more years; Cisco estimates U.S. mobile data traffic will grow 7x from 2014 to 2019. (2) The recently concluded AWS-3 auction will generate an uptick in lease amendments and corresponding new equipment roll outs. A similar demand spike will follow the 600MHz incentive auction which is scheduled to start in 2016,” John Fletcher with SNL Kagan explained. Fletcher also noted that now FirstNet has the funding to build out the 700MHz band. They will create a new tenant for approximately 20,000 to 40,000 towers across the nation. “Looking back, the U.S. has experienced a wireless technology upgrade roughly every 10 years since Analog 1G premiered in 1984,” Fletcher wrote. “Prior to and following both 3G and 4G commercial launches, tower and site growth spiked, then plateaued. Our forecast for 5G (we think 5G could emerge in the early 2020’s) mirrors this pattern. While 5G standards have yet to be set, pundits anticipate it will be the first of the wireless technologies to boast throughput rates measured in Gbps.”Tower projections

FCC Comments to NPRM

As we have mentioned before the FCC is soliciting comments for the Notice of Proposed Rule Making “Acceleration of Broadband Deployment by Improving Wireless Facilities Siting Policies.”

Below are our sample comments in response to this NPRM in an attempt to protect local authority.  Please feel free to use all or in part any of our comments.  

Click here to download to your computer: Sample Comments FCC NPRM

For the full FCC document right click to save on your computer: FCC NPRM doc

The initial comments are due by February 3, 2014.  There are two ways to file comments either electronically or via old-fashioned paper. 
Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (“ECFS”.) To access the ECFS Click here:  http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/
  • Once you access the ECFS system, select “Submit a Filing” on the left side of the page, then fill in the Proceeding Number with 13-238 and complete the remainder of the information on that page
  • Then upload your Comments (preferably in Acrobat PDF format) by following the instructions
Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each filing.  If more than one docket or rulemaking number appears in the caption of this proceeding, filers must submit two additional copies for each additional docket or rulemaking number.  Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, by U.S. Postal Service first-class or overnight.
**All filings must be addressed to the Commission’s Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission. 
  • All U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail or hand-delivered/messenger-delivered paper filings must be delivered to:
FCC Headquarters
445 12th St., SW, Room TW-A325
Washington, DC 20554
  • The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  All hand deliveries must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes and boxes must be disposed of before entering the building.
  • Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must be sent to:
9300 East Hampton Drive
Capitol Heights, MD 20743