Federal and State Regulation

Providing Regulatory Expertise and Extraordinary Service

The 1996 Telecom Act, FCC regulations and other federal legislation recognize the importance and benefits of advanced communications for productivity, efficiency and economic growth. The inherent goal is to foster a healthy competitive environment. Shared infrastructure, a key goal of the Telecom Act, is an optimal way to achieve a healthy and sustainable competitive environment while delivering the benefits of ubiquitous communications and connectivity.

Through the FCC, the federal government has also recognized the benefits of an evolving regulatory framework to deliver the advanced wireless communication services. The federal government actively promotes faster and easier deployment of infrastructure to support wireless communication services with the goal of improving productivity, efficiency and communications throughout the country including urban, suburban and rural communities.

To spur communication network deployment and improve widespread availability of cost-effective communication services, the federal government has limited the role of state and local governments in regulating the communications industry, while recognizing and preserving state and local authority over certain functions. These functions include competitively neutral and reasonable management of public rights-of-way (ROW) and land use regulation (zoning). The federal government also sets out rules governing some of the processes and procedures state and local governments may follow in the exercise of their retained authority. These federal statutes and regulations provide carriers and entities such as ExteNet the right to place its facilities in the public ROW and co-locate facilities on other utility infrastructure.

As an established owner and operator of Distributed Networks that Wireless Service Providers (WSPs) leverage to offer their cellular service, ExteNet provides the infrastructure and services needed for transporting the WSP’s radio frequency (RF) signals. The WSPs lease licensed RF spectrum and serve their end users that include both residential and business users. ExteNet holds a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN), or similar grants of authority, issued by the various state regulators. This qualifies ExteNet to work with local and state authorities, public utility companies and others to install fiber and deploy its distributed networks in the public ROW, subject to local requirements and limitations.


ExteNet’s Community Relations team is comprised of former municipal planners and experienced ROW experts. Our goal is to partner with our communities to enable community friendly mobile and cellular connectivity solutions. The Community Relations team specializes in balancing community permitting requirements with state and local authorities and federal telecommunications regulations in order to meet scheduling commitments. The team’s negotiation and permitting skills, planning backgrounds, partnering mindset and extensive telecommunications experience enable it to move effectively through any municipality’s processes, including:

  • Acquisition of ROW, municipal agreements and approvals
  • Obtaining fiber and node attachment permits
  • Acquisition of utility and telecom infrastructure access and attachment agreements

CPCN States
Alabama
Arizona
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Washington D.C.
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Nevada
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin