Last year, when Verizon Wireless submitted 12 small cell applications for a neighborhood near the University of Buffalo, Amherst enacted a moratorium on the construction of new towers and gathered a committee to analyze and revise local zoning regulations. Now those municipality-level regulations may be usurped by state-wide protocol, as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has introduced a budget proposal to adopt a uniform, statewide permitting and review process for the installation of small cell nodes, according to a report from The Buffalo News.
Local governments and interest groups like the Association of Towns and
the New York Conference of Mayors are pushing back, citing state
overreach in decisions traditionally made at the local level.
Verizon supports the governor’s
proposal, which the company believes will “promote private investment in
state-of-the-art telecommunications networks at no cost to taxpayers,”
according to David Lamendola, Verizon’s director of state government
affairs for New York. New York would join 13 other states who have
already introduced similar proposals to streamline the installation of
small cell technology, Lamendola told The Buffalo News. In addition to helping Verizon meet customer demand, Lamendola explained that the proposal may also bring new jobs to the state. Continue Reading