FCC Streamlines Part 17 Rules Regarding Antenna Structure Lighting and Marking

The item adopted today is an important step in the Commission’s efforts to facilitate wireless infrastructure deployment. The Order harmonizes Commission rules with FAA guidelines, recognizing that FAA is the expert agency on matters of air safety. The Order also modernizes the Commission’s lighting and marking requirements to reflect technological advancements and current industry standards.

The Order makes common sense changes to Commission rules such as allowing tower owners to provide tenants with antenna structure registration (ASR) information via mail, email or other electronic methods. Additionally, the Order streamlines rules regarding the maintenance of tower lighting and marking by exempting tower structures that employ robust, continuous monitoring systems from the requirement for quarterly physical inspections of lighting systems. Both of these changes will significantly reduce costs for the tower industry.

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Report & Order [358 KB PDF]
News Release [85 KB PDF]