Tribes Seek To Stop 'Desecration' From FCC's 5G Exemptions

Law360 (July 18, 2018, 8:42 PM EDT) -- A host of tribes has urged the D.C. Circuit to halt an order from the Federal Communications Commission exempting small-cell fixtures for next-generation, or 5G, networks from certain regulatory reviews, arguing that the order would allow for the “desecration of historic sites.”

The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma — joined by numerous other tribes, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers — told the court in an emergency motion to stay Tuesday that the FCC’s order wrongly permitted the 5G construction to forego environmental and historic reviews required by federal law...

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