The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2016 - (Page 23)

THEME: LOCAL VIBES, MOBILE LIVES Policy Breakthroughs Bring Mobility Closer to You By: Kathleen Ham Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, T-Mobile US T he innovation coming out of the wireless industry today is remarkable. Working together, carriers and equipment vendors are offering consumers new ways to communicate with each other across the globe, stream videos and music, and take and share professional quality photographs, all without breaking the bank. This entrepreneurial spirit is dependent on mobile infrastructure, and at T-Mobile we've been busy building out our lightning-fast 4G LTE network across the country to support such economic activity. But, as with any great advances in customer-facing services, we need teams of people behind the scenes to figure out the technical, legal, and political mechanics of making them work. This essential coordination is perhaps most evident in the process of deploying wireless infrastructure. Although everyone wants better coverage and higher speeds, the subject of towers/ antenna siting can get very emotional at the local level. The industry has done a very good job of helping communities understand the tradeoffs between siting and coverage, and that we are doing everything possible to minimize the visual impacts, but we've nevertheless encountered resistance that can delay even the most minor construction for years. These battles are costly for both sides, and often prevent consumers in small towns and rural areas from accessing wireless upgrades - from enhanced emergency services to educational and job searching tools - that their counterparts across the valley are enjoying every day. In 2015, we saw some major breakthroughs in siting policy. For example, in January last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that officials in a suburb of Atlanta did not do enough to explain to T-Mobile why the town denied an application to build a new cell phone tower. The Court held that local governments like Roswell, Georgia, are required by the federal Telecommunications Act to provide a timely written explanation to wireless carriers for rejecting a request. Then, we closed out 2015 with a federal appeals court decision upholding the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) wireless broadband infrastructure order. Among other things, that FCC order streamlines the processes for evaluating the impact of proposed 792669_Score.indd 1 deployments on the environment and historic properties, clarifies statutory limitations on state and local government authorities to review siting applications, and implements a "deemed granted" remedy if a state or local government fails to act on an eligible facilities modification request. These judicial and regulatory decisions have laid the groundwork to deliver more and faster wireless data to consumers in many more locations across the U.S. But, unfortunately, they won't allow carriers to fold up their tower siting legal departments. In 2016, we will continue to face obstacles in many municipalities to even the most minor deployment moves, such as swapping out antennas on existing structures. Carriers have the law on their side, and we're keeping our fingers crossed that this will be the year that local officials begin to understand that we're on their residents' side as well. Quality Collection Unbiased Results Benchmarking Scanner Optimization Compliance Legal Support Marketing Veteran Owned THE VOICE * * Spring/Summer 2016 2/3/16 23 5:02 PM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2016

Board of Directors/Staff
Chairman’s Letter by Slayton Stewart
A Message from the President & CEO by Steven K. Berry
CCA’s 2015 Annual Achievement Award Winners
Bringing IoT Home
Creating the Foundation for Highly Successful IoT Programs
Meeting the Needs of Mobile Customers in the Era of the Cloud
Cows, Cars, and the Internet of Things (IoT)
Policy Breakthroughs Bring Mobility Closer to You
Unlock Handsets: Unlock Competition
IoT: The 3 Most Promising Letters in Business Today?
Let Your Digital Marketing Strategy Deliver Results
Managing the World of Connected Everything
Rugged Phones & The Connected Consumer
When Size Doesn’t Matter
Network Wellness: A Lesson in Becoming Proactive
The Service Orchestration Imperative for 5G Enterprise Cord Cutting
The Future Device: eUICC/eSIM Lifecycle Management
The IoT Effect on Wireless Networks
3 Ways Smartphones Can Increase Productivity
Unlimited Amounts of Data – For Everyone?
Mitigating Signaling and Security Burdens of IoT
2016: A Very Important Year for Mobile Carriers
Company Profiles
Index of Advertisers
Congressional Spotlight: Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS)

The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2016