Monday, May 1, 2017
Cities Protest Bill Allowing New 5G Infrastructure to be Built “Anywhere”
On April 26, Senate Bill 649, removing a city’s ability to control where technology is placed and transferring power to the state, was unanimously approved by the Senate Government and Finance Committee. The bill will make it easier for wireless telecom to distribute 5G technology via small cells. SB 649 “would provide that a small cell is a permitted use, not subject to a city or county discretionary permit, if the small cell meets specified requirements,” reported KCRA-TV.
The bill, introduced by Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, has caused cities like Roseville, Rocklin and San Francisco, plus the League of California Cities to fight back. A letter sent from the League to Sen. Hueso details the complaint about “limiting local discretionary review” of small cell sites and calls out the “unconstitutionality” of the bill by requiring cities to cooperate. Continue Reading