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OPPOSE: Federal Draft Bill Limiting Local Authority Over Wireless Facilities

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Like a bad case of déjà vu, the wireless industry is back at it again.  A draft bill pending introduction for consideration before the United States Senate Commerce Committee would aim to force local governments to lease out publicly owned infrastructure, eliminate reasonable local environmental and design review, and eliminate the ability for local governments to negotiate fair leases or public benefits for the installation of “small cell” wireless equipment on taxpayer-funded property.
While local governments and other stakeholders were able to defeat the wireless industry’s attempt to do this in California with a veto from Governor Brown of SB 649 (Hueso) this October, the industry is now aiming for Congress.  It’s critical for cities to voice their concerns with their Senators and Representatives and request that any federal efforts aimed at improving broadband and wireless deployment must be carefully balanced with the needs of local communities.

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