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H.R. 1056 (117th): Wireless Broadband Competition and Efficient Deployment Act


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 15, 2021 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1056

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 15, 2021

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To provide that a project for the collocation of a personal wireless service facility is not subject to requirements to prepare certain environmental or historical preservation reviews.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Wireless Broadband Competition and Efficient Deployment Act.

2.

Application of NEPA and NHPA to collocation of certain personal wireless service facilities

(a)

NEPA exemption

A covered project shall not be subject to the requirements of section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C)).

(b)

National Historic Preservation Act exemption

A covered project shall not be considered an undertaking under section 300320 of title 54, United States Code.

(c)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Commission

The term Commission means the Federal Communications Commission.

(2)

Covered project

The term covered project means a project—

(A)

for—

(i)

the mounting or installation of an eligible personal wireless service facility with another eligible personal wireless service facility that exists at the time at which a complete request for authorization of such mounting or installation is filed with a State or local government or instrumentality thereof; or

(ii)

the modification of an eligible personal wireless service facility; and

(B)

for which a permit, license, or approval from the Commission is required or that is otherwise subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission.

(3)

Eligible personal wireless service facility

The term eligible personal wireless service facility means any antenna, apparatus, or transmitting device, and any equipment, switches, wiring, cabling, power sources, shelters, or cabinets, for the provision of a personal wireless service.

(4)

Personal wireless services

The term personal wireless services

(A)

has the meaning given such term in section 332(c)(7)(C) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 332(c)(7)(C)); and

(B)

also includes commercial mobile data service (as defined in section 6001 of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (47 U.S.C. 1401)).

(5)

State

The term State means the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the territories and possessions of the United States, and each federally recognized Indian Tribe.