COMMISSIONER MEREDITH ATTWELL BAKER
Re: Implementation of Section 224 of the Act, WC Docket No. 07-245, A National Broadband
Plan for Our Future, GN Docket No. 09-51
Re: Acceleration of Broadband Deployment: Expanding the Reach and Reducing the Cost of
Broadband Deployment by Improving the Policies Regarding Public Rights of Way and
Wireless Facilities Siting, WC Docket No. 11- 59
There are very few concrete steps this Commission can take to promote broadband
deployment. The pole attachment proceeding is one of them, and I support our efforts to provide
greater certainty and competitive parity in the pole attachment process. We must always act in a
manner that reflects the critical safety and reliability interests of the utilities, and I believe we
struck the proper balance in this Order.
We take important steps to provide clarity to all stakeholders on wireless attachment
rates, timelines, and pole top access issues. The ability to leverage utility poles may be critical
for next-generation wireless build-out to fill coverage holes, to more efficiently re-use spectrum,
and to take advantage of distributed antenna systems. This is the type of action needed to help us
achieve our collective goal of nationwide 4G coverage, and promote greater mobile broadband
competition and efficient spectrum policy. We importantly make clear that utilities retain their
statutory right to ensure the safety and reliability of their core networks. I expect wireless
operators and utilities to work collaboratively to protect electric networks while facilitating access
to these new technologies and services.
I also support the effort to raise the profile of important rights of way issues in the
accompanying Notice of Inquiry. While our authority to act in this area is limited, the
Commission does have a role to highlight impediments to broadband deployment, and I am
hopeful we can partner with industry, states and localities to address these challenges together.
Federal Communications Commission
United States. Federal Communications Commission. FCC Record, Volume 26, No. 7, Pages 4843 to 5761, March 28-April 08, 2011. Washington D.C.. UNT Digital Library. http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc52169/. Accessed March 1, 2015.