Municipal leaders and telecommunications-industry representatives worked together for three months to craft House Bill 478, giving municipalities the ability to regulate the placement and appearance of small cells on public structures in Ohio, reported The Columbus Dispatch.
“There was a lot of give-and-take by
both sides, but it worked out well,” said Brad McLean, AT&T’s
director of external affairs in Ohio. This comes one year after dozens
of cities and villages sued the state over how to regulate wireless
equipment…and won. Now, a compromise is being reached with the bill.
Dublin City Manager Dana McDaniel
said of the proposed measure, “This provides more predictability and
speed to the industry, while also protecting the character of our
cities. That’s what we’ve been trying to balance throughout this
Ohio is not the only state affected
by small cell technology regulation. Fifteen states already have enacted
legislation to modernize rules related to small cell technology
deployment, said Jilane Rodgers Petrie, spokeswoman for the Cellular
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