State Senator Curt Friesen of Henderson proposed Legislative Bill 184 to expedite the deployment of 5G for Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska, according to the Omaha World-Herald. The bill will make the approval process and installation for small cell wireless antennas faster.
According to Friesen, “Nebraska is losing ground to other states and cities” when it comes to being ready for 5G.
Wireless internet firms and Friesen
agree that the slow deployment of small cell wireless in the state is
due to the high fees cities charge to have small cell boxes installed on
existing light poles, and slow approval processes. Friesen said Lincoln
currently charges $2,000 per pole even though the FCC recommends fees
to be $270 per pole at the highest.
Those in favor of LB 184 say wireless
companies will benefit from it by having more reasonable fees and
faster approvals provided by cities. Friesen says the bill will create
more competition for the cable industry, but said it is unfair to keep
people from high-speed internet by over-regulating the technology. Continue Reading