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FCC puts new limits on cities to speed up 5G roll-out

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The Federal Communications Commission voted today on rules limiting how much local governments can charge telecom companies for installing 5G antennas on public property and establishing a "shot clock" for approving the equipment.

Why it matters: The FCC says the effort will ensure quick deployment of 5G networks. Cities and towns have their own differing processes and fees for allowing companies like AT&T and Verizon to install the "small cells" needed to build out the 5G networks. Some cities have protested, saying the rules undermine their authority to manage access to public property.

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