December 11, 2015
Suggesting the deployment of small cells remains hampered by local siting delays, Sprint (NYSE: S) President and CEO Marcelo Claure made a point to discuss the importance of streamlining the siting process when he visited the FCC on Dec. 8.
According to an ex parte filing, Claure and Sprint SVP of Government Affairs Vonya McCann met with FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai and Pai's legal advisor Nicholas Degani to discuss Sprint's business operations and future plans. During the meeting, Claure talked about the importance of streamlining the siting process to allow more rapid deployment of small cells and network densification. He also noted the delays frequently encountered in certain jurisdictions and encouraged the FCC to consider actions that would speed the siting process nationwide. The filing did not spell out what type of actions might be considered.