FCC limits fees cities can charge for 5G deployment [telecom]

The Federal Communications Commission says new rules will cut red tape. Critics say they weaken municipalities' ability to negotiate with big carriers.

By Marguerite Reardon

The Federal Communications Commission voted Wednesday to limit how much local governments can charge wireless companies to attach small radios to utility poles when deploying next-generation 5G service.

The three Republicans on the FCC said the plan will streamline the process for installing 5G gear and save wireless providers an estimated $2 billion, which can be used to build networks in rural parts of the country.

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