Midwest Archaeological Consultants specializes in archaeological investigations for telecommunication projects such as cellular tower and fiber optic line installations for Section 106 compliance (FCC). Communication projects require a license from the Federal Communications Commission. As a consequence of the Federal licensing process, the projects must comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. A review of historic property potential is required in advance of construction. The guidelines and intent of the Nationwide Programmatic Agreement for the Review of Effects on Historic Properties for Certain Undertakings Approved by the Federal Communications Commission FCC Report and Order 04-222 (“NPA”) is followed for each and every cellular tower and fiber optic project.
Midwest Archaeological Consultants completes approximately 100 telecommunication projects per year throughout the United States in accordance with the FCC Nationwide Programmatic Agreement for cell towers. Midwest Archaeological Consultants will accept projects of any size and scope. On smaller projects such as cellular tower archaeological compliance, reports are customarily completed and submitted to clients within the same week that the fieldwork is completed. Larger scale projects such as DOT and FERC are eagerly accepted but completion times are longer depending upon the scale and complexity of the project.
Midwest Archaeological Consultants also conducts Post Construction Reviews of existing cell towers that are not compliant with Section 106, throughout the entire United States. Often the process for bringing existing cell towers into compliance does not go through the usual SHPO review but instead through FCC review. Midwest Archaeological Compliance can also conduct office reviews for Section 106 compliance of cell towers whereby fieldwork is not required due to highly disturbed contexts, previous Section 106 compliance reviews or other mitigating circumstances. Each potential office review project is conducted on an individual basis, complete with research as well as multiple lines of evidence against the need for extensive fieldwork.
Twenty-two years of experience conducting archaeological investigations throughout the Midwest have made us acutely aware of the scheduling and time frame problems encountered while attempting to complete projects. Midwest Archaeological Consultants conducts archaeological investigations ethically and efficiently, enabling its clients to successfully fulfill their respective project goals in a timely manner.