WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) introduced the Reducing Antiquated Permitting for Infrastructure Deployment (RAPID) Act to modernize outdated and burdensome rules at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) preventing the timely approval of small cell 5G deployment nationwide. This legislation directs the FCC, under its preexisting authority, to reexamine and revise deployments that are subject to review by the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Policy Act within a 180-day period with the goal of speeding up broadband project approval.

“The United States is the global leader in wireless technology, and we must maintain that dominance as new technologies deliver innovative services for families across America,” said Whip Scalise. “Federal regulations associated with broadband deployment need to be simplified to reflect modern technology while also protecting consumers. Accomplishing this will ensure that America will remain the world’s leader in technology innovation and job creation. The RAPID Act will provide clarity and certainty for providers who comply with environmental and historical regulations by updating rules at the FCC with the goal of accelerating the deployment of innovative 5G wireless technology nationwide.”