Verizon Says No Way On San Jose Model

— Verizon bristled at the notion that other cities should try to ape its deal with San Jose, Calif., to contribute to a digital inclusion fund in exchange for streamlined access to install small cells. FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel highlighted San Jose’s agreements with Verizon, AT&T and Mobilitie on Wednesday, but Verizon’s Will Johnson wrote in a blog post Thursday that suggestions the agreements be replicated around the country are “off base and would threaten both the speed and the ultimate reach of 5G deployment.”

— The path to reaching an agreement with San Jose was “not quick or easy,” Johnson said, arguing that changes to facilitate small-cell deployment in cities are still essential. The FCC is expected to tackle the issue as part of its focus on barriers to wireless infrastructure. Johnson said what worked with San Jose would not work for all cities. “It would be a mistake to take such an arrangement — negotiated by a locality with significant leverage and particular unrelated needs and challenges — and treat it as a model nationwide,” he wrote.

Source: POLITICO Morning Tech

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