Telecommunications

The twenty first century has seen extraordinary growth in the realm of the telecommunications industry, as fiberoptic and wireless technology has integrated households across the country. Hand-held wireless devices, such as cell phones, ipods and ipads, kindles, and droids as well as wireless household appliances and personal computers or laptops are in widespread use.  Fiberoptic pipelines link wireless technology to the home for household connections, while cell towers across the country receive and transmit data from millions of hand-held devices.  These types of projects require  Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licenses, and therefore must comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.  State laws designed to identify and protect cultural resources may also apply to these projects, depending on the scope and geographical setting.  In 2004, the FCC issued a Nationwide Programmatic Agreement (FCC-04 222) in order to streamline the Section 106 process for new or collocated wireless projects.  The system established a protocol for documentation and agency reporting of above- and below-ground cultural resource investigations, and also automated the process of initial Tribal consultation. RGA’s in-depth understanding of this unique Section 106 compliance process has been a proven advantage to competitive cellular service providers since FCC-04 222 was adopted.



Representive Project Types:
  • Nationwide Programmatic Agreement Reviews for Co-Locations
  • Area of Potential Effects (APE) Delineation
  • Cultural Resource Screenings
  • Reconnaissance and Intensive-level Architectural Surveys, and Visual Effects Assessments
  • Historic Building Assessments
  • Phase IA Literature Reviews and Phase IB Cultural Resource Surveys
  • Phase II National Register of Historic Places Evaluations, Testing, and Excavations
  • Public Involvement Coordination and Consultation
  • Coordination of Memorandum of Agreement Process
  • SHPO, Agency, Certified Local Government, and Tribal (Native American) Coordination and Consultation
  • NEPA Documentation (CED, EA, and EIS)
 

Sample Projects:
  • Allamuchy Wireless Telecommunications Facility, Allamuchy Township, Warren County, New Jersey. Download Project Sheet
  • Hamlin Wireless Telecommunications Facility, Town of Hamlin, Monroe County, New York.
  • Port Penn Wireless Telecommunications Facility, Eddystone Borough, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.






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