Legal Aspects of Airport Programs. Topic 13-01. Legal Considerations for Telecommunications at Airports

Airports face a multitude of issues related to telecommunications, an area that requires airports to have a depth of knowledge of the subject and the relevant regulatory requirements. These areas include cell phone towers, Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), fiber (for airport use, tenant use and just passing through airport property), and implementation of both 5G and telephone systems. Research is needed because this area is not only ever changing but it is also growing, especially with the implementation of 5G. Most, if not all, airports, will face these issues and will benefit from guidance on how to approach these issues and the legal framework to assure compliance with federal regulatory requirements. The objective of this research is to produce a legal digest that examines the federal regulatory requirements and best practices for the various areas of telecommunications at airports, important emerging trends, and current issues. This should include, without limitation, regulations implemented by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  The digest also should include alternative approaches on interactions with various telecommunications companies and the various types of business deals and legal provisions, the interplay with state and local ordinances, and a summary of relevant resources.   s been completed; final editing is underway.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $75000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-01, Topic 13-01

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Schatz, Theresia

  • Performing Organizations:

    Del Ray Solutions

    237 East Monroe Ave
    Alexandria, VA  United States  22301
  • Principal Investigators:

    Cusson, Sean

  • Start Date: 20200407
  • Expected Completion Date: 20201107
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01722856
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-01, Topic 13-01
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Nov 18 2019 3:08PM