For Planners

T-Mobile is proud of our pro-active approach of working with communities and local jurisdictions on siting.  We are committed to providing planners and other public officials with useful information, well done permit applications and complete information when submitting documentation for reviews and approvals.

Check out the Wireless Industry Association’s new video at http://wia.org/video/wireless-infrastructure-association-video-presentation/

New Rules: Section 6409 of the Spectrum Act

In January 2015, the Federal Communications Commission published extensive new rules that take critical steps to promote and streamline the deployment of wireless infrastructure while making sure local jurisdictions have ample time to approve permit applications.

Planner FAQs

In January 2015, the FCC published extensive new rules that take critical steps to promote and streamline the deployment of wireless infrastructure. Explaining these new rules in a nutshell is difficult. Here is a link to the FCC’s Wireless Infrastructure Report and Order: https://www.fcc.gov/document/wireless-infrastructure-report-and-order.

T-Mobile performs a rigorous research and considers a number of viable sites before selecting the specific location for a new wireless facility. Our new site development process includes the following:

  1. Radio design engineers develop a “search ring” — a map outlining the geographic boundaries where the new site will ideally be located.
  2. Trained personnel conduct an analysis of potential sites for a wireless facility within the search ring and eliminate parcels unsuitable or not zoned for telecommunication facilities.
  3. Property owners whose parcels are suitable for a wireless facility and can be zoned to permit this use are contacted to see if they are interested in leasing their property to T-Mobile.
  4. A list of potential parcels and landlords are submitted to the radio design engineers, who select the best site option.

T-Mobile believes that conducting alternative site analysis is critical to the municipality and community, especially when siting in residential areas. We are thorough in our analysis of alternative sites and always work to select the site that will provide optimal coverage while minimizing impact.

Yes, here is a PDF of a model ordinance that takes modern technologies – like Small Cell and DAS networks – into consideration.
Model Wireless Ordinance

Local Projects

A number of local jurisdictions across the country have asked T-Mobile to post documents related to wireless antenna facilities that are currently being considered under local zoning and permitting ordinances. T-Mobile is pleased to provide this service. The links below provide access to those PDF documents.

Local economies benefit from wireless networks.The number of retails stores, annual local taxes paid, as well as the number of emergency 9-1-1 calls made through T-Mobile’s network are data points that can be researched and provided to local jurisdictions.

Portland, OR - SE Division & 148th Avenue

Portland, OR - Fernhill Park

Portland, OR - Tabor East

Woodinville, WA - Hollywood Hill

Model Wireless Ordinance

Local zoning ordinances related to wireless site development can easily get out of date with new wireless technologies and deployment practices.

In March 2015, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors; National League of Cities; and PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association, jointly released two documents: a model ordinance for use by jurisdictions and a checklist for reviewing wireless facilities requests.

Links to both of these documents are provided below.

Model Wireless Ordinance

Wireless Facility Siting: Model Chapter Implementing Section 6409(a)

Wireless Facility Siting: Section 6409(a) Checklist