FCC Considers Eliminating Old Rules Regarding Site Sharing

Let’s say you got in early–1949 perhaps–and you now own a highly-regarded communications site on a prominent location where no one else can develop a similar site. Let’s set as a random example, Mt. Soledad in La Jolla, California.

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Should you be required by law to share that site with your competitors?

The FCC said so at the end of World War II, 1945, and that rule has remained in effect. And now they’re asking for comments on eliminating it.

Should they? On one hand, there are many more communications sites now to choose from. The likes of American Tower, Crown Castle, InSite, and Vertical Bridge are ready and waiting for you.

On the other hand, sites like Mt. Soledad will remain, as the FCC terms it, “peculiarly suitable for broadcasting.” What’s to keep Scripps and Tegna from excluding Entercom and iHeart from their sites at the end of their leases once the rules are changed?

If you would like to comment on the change, check out the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking FCC 19-106.