Author: Angelina Panettieri

FCC Proposes Preemption, Fee Cap for Local Small Cell Deployment

After more than a year of deliberation, the Federal Communications Commission has released its draft Declaratory Ruling and Third Report and Order, focusing on state and local management of small cell wireless infrastructure deployment. The document, if approved by a majority of commissioners at the FCC’s September 26 open meeting, would enact substantial new limits

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How the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Could Shape Cities’ Digital Future

Last week in Washington, DC, the thirty members of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee gathered at the Federal Communications Commission to develop and agree to debate new model state and local laws for broadband deployment. The group comprised one elected official and five total representatives of state or local governments — along with a wide range

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New Bill Threatens City Authority on Small Cell Infrastructure

The latest chapter in the seemingly never-ending American conflict between local and federal authority is taking shape — over wireless infrastructure and broadband deployment. The newest threat to local control comes in the form of S. 3157, the “Streamlining The Rapid Evolution And Modernization of Leading-edge Infrastructure Necessary to Enhance (STREAMLINE) Small Cell Deployment Act.”

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Net Neutrality Is Just the Tip of the Preemption Iceberg

On Thursday, December 14, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 to overturn the current network neutrality framework in its Restoring Internet Freedom order. The final order, which returns internet service to a “Title I” service under the Telecommunications Act, will no longer require that internet service providers treat all web traffic equally and will

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Three Reasons Why Net Neutrality Matters for Cities

On November 22, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai announced plans to roll back net neutrality regulations. The current regulations, which were adopted by the FCC in 2015, classified internet service as a “telecommunications service,” and required that all internet traffic be treated equally, without blocking, throttling (slowing down), or paid prioritization (so-called “fast

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What the 2016 Election Reveals About the Future of Connectivity

As the confetti is cleared away and residents in Cleveland and Philadelphia resume life as normal, what can cities learn from the intersection of technology and the conventions? The 2016 conventions were the most connected and virtually available in history by any measure. Once relegated to C-SPAN and highlight clips on the network news stations,

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Meet the Freshman: Rep. Tom MacArthur

This is the second in a series of closer looks at new members of Congress coming from city government office. Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.-03) comes to his House seat from his previous post as Mayor of Randolph Township in southern New Jersey. After retiring from a career in the insurance industry, MacArthur began his service

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Meet the Freshman: Rep. Brenda Lawrence

This is the first in series of closer looks at new members of Congress coming from city government office. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.-14) is no stranger to city concerns. A lifetime resident of the Detroit area, Rep. Lawrence spent 17 years prior to her election to Congress in city government, first as a city council

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Five Steps to Get to Know Your New Legislator

On Feb. 6, 2015, new senators and representatives will be officially sworn in to the 114th Congress. (Getty Images) Do you remember your first day of freshman orientation? Did you feel lost on the large campus, worried about making new connections with your classmates, or excited about new opportunities? This week, as the 114th Congress

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Connecting with Congress during the Government Shutdown

The ongoing government shutdown hasn’t just frozen vital federal programs and funding streams, it has also made it difficult for citizens frustrated by the gridlock to reach their members of Congress. Federal agencies were not the only organizations forced to furlough thousands of employees – Members of Congress also sent most of their Washington and

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