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On March 7, 2005 the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) published new information on the Nationwide Programmatic Agreement  regarding the Section 106 National Historic Preservation Act Review Process (NPA), signed by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO) and amending Section 1.1307(a)(4) of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. 1.1307(a)(4).

Two web sites may be of interest to those involved in some aspect of the Telecommunication Industry. First the FCC has posted links to the Programmatic Agreement along with information about the NEPA and Section 106 process.  In addition they have developed an interactive web page for applicants outlining the steps and procedures that are part of the Agreement.

PLEASE NOTE:  Forms 620 and 621 have been revised since March 7, 2005.  The new forms are the final version approved by OMB.  

Over the past 7 years Archaeological Research, Inc. (ARI), has conducted archaeological and historical reviews for hundreds of cell tower sites in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Iowa, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. We have experience in both new location and co-location lease sites. Through this work ARI has developed significant relationships with State Historic Preservation Officers (SHPOs) in all of these state. Situations do arise when it is convenient to place cell equipment in or near property listed or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. In your planning it is important that you take a look at Locating Telecommunications Towers in Historic Buildings, by Nancy E. Boone, et. al.,  National Trust Publication.  This book can be acquired online at the National Trust for Historic Preservation online bookstore.
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          Many Midwest SHPO Offices Provide Information on How They Interpret the FCC Regulations.  Below is a Partial List:  

At this time Illinois Historic Preservation Agency has posted its guidelines for archaeological and historic investigations on proposed cell tower locations.  This can be found at on their document entitled Initial Documentation Required for IHPA Review of Proposed Installation of Telecommunications Towers.

          Iowa has developed some of the most comprehensive instructions for compliance with Section 106 standards for both new cell tower construction and review of existing cell tower structures. This document on the SHPO web page on the FCC Process and is entitled Memorandum Telecommunications Installations & SHSI Review FCC Project Documentation.  
          The State Historical Society of Wisconsin (SHSW) has not posted separate guidelines for archaeological and historic investigations on proposed cell tower locations. It has, however, incorporated guidelines for these investigations in their new procedures for Section 106 Reviews. You can find these at regulations on the SHSW web page.  If you need additional assistance please call us at 1-800-243-9391.  
          The State of Michigan has recently issued a document that outlines the procedures for completing Section 106 Review of Cell Towers and can be found on the Michigan History, Arts and Libraries Web Page or in pdf form here.  
          OTHER STATES  
          As other state develop guidelines we will post them.  Please feel free to call us at 1-800-243-9391 for additional information on each state.  
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