The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors has released a guide to help local governments respond to the Federal Communications Commission’s ruling on small wireless infrastructure deployments and associated fees for use of the rights of way and public property in the rights of way.

Due to variations in state law, local authority, and existing ordinances (among other things), there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution for complying with the FCC order, which took effect on Jan. 14. Rather than proposing specific solutions, the guide is intended to raise issues for municipalities to consider in crafting their own responses.

Localities have until April 15 to finalize aesthetic standards, and the NATOA guidance helps local officials identify what standards are allowable.

According to NATOA, the guide does not address specific legal issues and is not intended as legal advice. Municipalities are encouraged to work with their legal counsel to ensure compliance with the FCC order as well as other applicable laws.

For more information and to download the guide, visit www.natoa.org/web/site_issue/issue_detail/70.