In the Virginia capital of Richmond, municipalities are lobbying lawmakers to vote down a bill to govern local approval of cell towers. The bill is part of fierce debate as the General Assembly is in session.
The Virginia Municipal League, which
represents the interests of cities, counties and towns, is fighting the
legislation, saying it would eliminate local authority and give wireless
companies access to local property that no other non-public entity has,
reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
“This bill grants special privileges to a single industry at the
expense of the local taxpayers,” according to talking points the
Virginia Municipal League has been sharing with lawmakers. “Forced use
of public property and right-of-way without adequate compensation forces
taxpayers to subsidize a single industry.” Continue Reading