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Pai Rejects Sen.'s Concern Tribes Lacked Input On 5G Rule

Law360 (July 16, 2018, 5:59 PM EDT) -- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has rebuffed a Democratic senator's concerns the agency didn’t adequately consult with Native American tribes before making a rule change allowing wireless carriers to sidestep historic preservation and environmental reviews for the small-cell fixtures used for next-generation 5G networks.

In a letter to Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., released Thursday, Pai said the commission “engaged extensively with tribal nations, inter-tribal organizations, and state and local historic preservation officers.”

Pai’s response, dated June 28, to Tester’s letter comes as the FCC fights legal...
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