Telecommunications: Planning for Our Future

STC's first-in-the-region telecommunications training was held on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Speakers from Rochester Institute of Technology, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, ECC Technologies and Corning, Incorporated attended for presentation and a roundtable discussion. Local government, county, and state representatives participated in the training and roundtable discussion.

Description:

This session covered various communications technologies such as cell towers, small cells, fiber and 5G. The first portion of the training answered the following questions:

  • What do these technologies look like?
  • How do they work with one another? How do they differ?
  • What is 5G? How will this affect the current telecommunications infrastructure?
  • What type of build-out is necessary?
  • Why should communities support 5G deployment?

The second portion of the training focused on local regulations and what municipalities need to know when reviewing applications. The following questions were covered:

  • What can municipalities control?
  • What are the federal regulations relating to telecommunications?
  • What should communities look for when reviewing applications?
  • How can local governments better address colocation, service gaps, and other areas of an application that are often bypassed?

The final segment of the training included a roundtable discussion with all speakers. This gave attendees the opportunity to ask any local or case study questions.

Outcomes:

STC is working on a model telecommunications law for communities to adopt and implement at the local level. Possible work on a model application packet may be included in the future.

Documents




Introduction to Next-generation (5G) Wireless TechnologyOpen File / 1.11 mb
Description: Presentation by: William P. Johnson, MSEE, JD, Rochester Institute of Technology
Local Governmental Regulation of Small CellsOpen File / 345.72 kB
Description: Presentation by: Leslie M. Connolly, Esq., Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
Telecommunications for Municipalities: Technology Build-outOpen File / 1.85 mb
Description: Presentation by: Andy Lukasiewicz, ECC Technologies
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