WISPA reported on this a while back. It was in response to some airplane 
crashes on towers that weren't required to be lit. 

Mike Hammett 
Intelligent Computing Solutions 

Midwest Internet Exchange 

The Brothers WISP 

----- Original Message -----

From: "David Williamson" <dwilliam...@customcomputersva.com> 
To: wireless@wispa.org 
Sent: Thursday, May 4, 2017 11:05:07 PM 
Subject: [WISPA] FCC tower lighting question 

Can someone comment on whether this new ruling is going to pass or not: 

New FAA Marking Requirements May Impact Rural Towers Under 200 Feet 

A recently passed law, the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016 
(Act), will affect certain towers that are between fifty (50) and two hundred 
(200) feet in height by requiring that many of these towers in rural areas be 
marked and lit. The law, passed to protect agricultural aviators (crop 
dusters), will make rural towers previously not subject to Federal Aviation 
Administration (FAA) requirements more visible with painted markings and other 
visibility attachments. The Act also requires these towers to be documented in 
an FAA database. The FAA must issue regulations by July 15, 2017. As compliance 
with these rules may prove costly to wireless carriers, particularly where they 
are unnecessary, we are working with the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) 
to create an exemption for communication towers. Your feedback on specific 
towers in your service areas is requested. 

Summary of the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act 

The term "covered tower" is defined in Section 2110(d) of the Act as a 
structure that: is self-standing or supported by guy wires; is 10 feet or less 
in diameter; is between 50 - 200 feet AGL; has accessory facilities on which 
equipment is mounted; and is located outside an incorporated city or town, or 
on undeveloped or agricultural land. The term does not include a structure that 
is: adjacent to a house, barn, electric utility station, or other building; 
within the curtilage of a farmstead; a utility transmission pole; a wind 
turbine with a rotor blade radius over 6 feet; or a street lighted maintained 
by a Federal, State, local or tribal entity. 

The Act requires that all covered towers constructed on or after the date on 
which the regulations take effect must be marked in a manner consistent with 
guidance under the FAA Advisory Circular issued on December 4, 2015 (AC 
70/7460-1L) or other guidance as determined by the Administrator. Existing 
covered towers, constructed before the regulations take effect, will have an 
additional year to comply with the new regulations. 

AC 70/7460-IL recommends that towers under 200 feet be painted with alternate 
bands of aviation orange and white paint. The band width should be equivalent 
to 1/7 of the tower height and the paint must be reapplied if it begins to 
fade. The Advisory Circular also recommends that high-visibility sleeves and 
aviation orange spherical market balls be installed on any outer guy wires. 

The new law also creates an FAA database of all towers covered under this 
provision. The database will contain location and height information of each 
Covered Tower. The FAA administrator will ensure that any proprietary 
information in the database is protected from disclosure in accordance with the 

Exemption Proposal and Input Request 

As mentioned above, we are working with CCA to create an exemption or carve out 
for communication towers. Based on meetings with Senate Commerce Committee 
staff, CCA is working to include in the exemption any tower possessing clear, 
visual cues such as bases, attachments, antennas, or any equipment critical to 
service. Other suggestions for exemption include temporary towers or CoWs, 
towers that comply with local zoning ordinances and/or National Historic 
Preservation Act, towers with an antenna array over five feet (5') in diameter, 
guy wired towers, and towers with antennas that have reflective material. With 
regard to the FAA database, an alternative proposal is to make a database of 
communication towers available to aviators for reference and not require those 
tower owners to mark their towers. 


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