FCC Announces Antenna Colocation Workshop to Enhance Broadband Wireless Access

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The FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, in cooperation with the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA), will host an educational workshop addressing collocations of wireless and broadband antennas on communications towers and other structures.  The workshop will take place live and by webcast Tuesday, May 1, 2012, from 9:30 AM – 4 PM EDT at FCC Headquarters in Washington, DC.  This workshop is open to the public.

This workshop is another in a series sponsored by the FCC to explore ways to remove broadband access impediments. LBA Group CEO Lawrence Behr has been a panelist or the presenter in two prior conferences. At the FCC Chairman’s invitation, Mr. Behr was part of an expert panel, reported in this blog: http://antennablog.lbagroup.com/how-to-kick-up-broadband-deployment-use-am-radio.  In conjunction with the Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI), LBA presented a subsequent webinar http://antennablog.lbagroup.com/a-webinar-truth-am-and-wireless-are-compatible.  That was followed by an FCC invitation to present the case for AM collocation to an industry group at the FCC Headquarters, reported here: http://antennablog.lbagroup.com/fcc-invites-behr-to-give-testimony-about-colocation. LBA has also advocated for AM colocation in other testimony and rulemaking proceedings. LBA Group has become recognized as the foremost expert and advocate for AM collocation in the country today.

LBA Chief Technical Officer Chris Horne, PE, PhD will present a discussion on colocation of wireless facilities on AM broadcast towers. He will be joined by attorney John Trent, who represents rural AM stations, and Bob Vinikoor, an owner of AM stations presently hosting wireless antennas.

Other presenters will include Crowne Castle, SBA Towers, Sprint, the FCC staff, and other industry siting experts.

The forum will provide an overview of how collocations can promote the availability of mobile broadband, public safety, and other wireless services in a manner consistent with community priorities.  Panelists will discuss the technical, structural, and business considerations underlying collocations on a variety of structure types, including wireless towers, AM radio/broadcast towers, public safety communications towers, utility infrastructure, rooftops, and water tanks.  The workshop will explore examples of cooperative solutions that have facilitated wireless deployment while recognizing community interests.  We will also discuss the significance of the FCC’s Nationwide Programmatic Agreement for the Collocation of Wireless Antennas.

The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau contact is Don Johnson at (202) 418-7444 or by e-mail:  donald.johnson@fcc.gov.  Please e-mail James Swartz at james.swartz@fcc.gov to pre-register for attendance or to view the webcast at www.fcc.gov/live.

LBA has developed several industry-leading proprietary approaches to AM collocation. Read more at http://www.lbagroup.com/associates/am-wireless-colocation.php. For colocation assistance, contact Mike Britner at 252-757-0279 or mike.britner@lbagroup.com.

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