On September 26, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a Declaratory Ruling and a Third Report and Order, referred to as the "FCC Order". The FCC Order implements industry demands to remove barriers and accelerate the transition to 5G deployment, accelerating the United States' transition to 5G cellular networks.
FCC Ruling was effective on December 25, 2018, and includes that:
- Cities shall not prohibit or effectively prohibit installation of 5G infrastructure. Discuss that the City cannot regulate due to RF transmission.
- The City is able to review and approve the 5G sites based on aesthetic considerations only.
- The City is required to approve a submission based on a “Shot clock”, this is the time the City has to approve a submitted 5G site.
The League of California Cities is currently challenging the FCC ruling (link).