I spoke at the last Town Council meeting with concerns about the new distances from "any residential dwelling." The council spoke of the urgency of passing these resolutions so that our wireless ordinance could be "as strong as possible and follow FCC regulations."
After passing these resolutions the council said they could then change them if needed. I think we need to change those distances ASAP. Nowhere in the FCC regulations does it state minimum setback. Local municipalities have control over that aspect and I think the council should initiate that change before it is too late.
But how does changing setback from 250 feet to 50 feet strengthen Danville's wireless ordinance and protect our citizens? The conversation about distances must be discussed, and there should be some type of language that prevents installations within a certain distance from a home.
Beyond changing and strengthening our local ordinance, we need to push, push as many people as possible to write letters to our congressman to pass H.R. 530 ! If this passes it would give control back to local communities and override the FCC shot clock.
This is a sure way to dismantle the FCC's mandates and buys us time to figure out what is right for our towns, time for more science to develop, safer alternatives etc.
See my draft letter/email to our congressmen, other legislators below -- encouraging passing of H.R. 530 -- we can customize and blanket out to our respective groups?!
Our congressmen for 94526 are: Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (https://desaulnier.house.gov/contact/email) or Congressman Eric Swalwell (https://swalwell.house.gov/contact/email).
Dear (fill in legislator's name)
On behalf of the Town of Danville we are writing to express our support of H.R. 530, the "Accelerating Wireless Broadband Development by Empowering Local Communities Act of 2019," and urge you to co-sponsor this bill. H.R. 530 repeals recent harmful FCC regulations limiting the ability of local governments to regulate the deployment of 5G wireless infrastructure.
Last year, the FCC adopted regulations limiting the authority of cities and states to regulate small cell sites (e.g., attachments to street light and utility poles) needed for the deployment of 5G. The FCC's regulations sharply limit the type and amount of fees cities and states may charge for profit-generating use of public property, set "shot clocks" as low as 60 days for cities and states to conduct all necessary inspections and authorize proposals, and drastically limit non-fee requirements cities and states may institute. The regulations began taking effect on January 14, 2019.
We all want to ensure efficient, safe, and appropriate deployment of new broadband technology. However, this sweeping regulation is not the best approach. The City of Danville urges you to support and co-sponsor H.R. 530, and to work together with local governments to find the best solution for effective 5G deployment that meets the diverse needs of our nation's many unique communities.
(Your name here)