The FCC's Republican majority. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The FCC will vote in March on whether to eliminate certain requirements for building wireless infrastructure to help speed up the development of super-fast 5G networks.

The details: Republican Commissioner Brendan Carr announced that the agency would vote on whether to effectively exempt smaller transmitters crucial to 5G from reviews related to their environmental and historic preservation impact. They'll also limit a permitting process for larger construction projects linked to wireless.

The bigger picture: 5G networks require more transmitters and cell-sites to be placed on buildings, streets and other structures. AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile are all racing to build out 5G networks, and they've been pushing for the FCC to speed up the process it takes to get new infrastructure and equipment approved.

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The probable path of Zeta, per the National Hurricane Center. Photo: NHC/NOAA

Zeta strengthened into a hurricane again early Wednesday and was on track to make landfall in southeastern Louisiana by the afternoon, per the National Hurricane Center.

The state of play: Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) requested a pre-landfall Federal Declaration of Emergency in a letter to President Trump on Tuesday.

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Unrest in Philadelphia after fatal police shooting of Black man

Demonstrators rally on Tuesday near the location where Walter Wallace was killed by two police officers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The Pennsylvania National Guard was mobilized Tuesday during a tense second night of protests in Philadelphia over the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace, a 27-year-old Black man.

Driving the news: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) and Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said in a joint statement a "full investigation" would be launched to answer questions that arose from video that captured part of Monday's incident.

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