FirstNet Authority Environmental Compliance


The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (47 U.S.C §§ 1401 et seq.) (the Act) created the FirstNet Authority and directed it to ensure the development, deployment, and ongoing operation of a nationwide public safety broadband network. The FirstNet network equips public safety with communications services to help save lives and protect communities. On November 15, 2012, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in accordance with the Act, granted a license to the FirstNet Authority for the use of the 700 MHz D block spectrum. As a result, the FirstNet Authority is both an independent federal authority and an FCC licensee, and has responsibilities for complying with applicable environmental and cultural resources laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), as well as FCC environmental rules.

National Environmental Policy Act
National Historic Preservation Act
Delegation of Authority for Section 106 Review
Tribal Consultation under NHPA

Active Projects

AT&T Mobility, LLC proposes the construction of a new telecommunications facility in Brownsville, Texas. The facility will include a 193-foot monopole tower with a six-foot lightning rod bringing the total overall height to 199 feet, and support equipment within a 100-foot by 100-foot lease area with a 4594-foot by 20-foot access and utility easement.  The access/utility easement extends east then north from the lease area to terminate at Boca Chica Boulevard. The total area to be included in the proposed project is 2.34-acre.