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Danville council approves policy updates on small cell wireless facilities

Original post made on Apr 18, 2019

As Federal Communications Commission regulations over the installation of small cell wireless facilities in communities continue to limit local control, the Danville Town Council has approved new policies to keep up with federal orders, and retain as much control over its streets as possible.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 3:00 PM

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Posted by Dr. V
a resident of Danville
on Apr 18, 2019 at 7:44 pm

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 etc etc. We need to urge our congressman to pass this! 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. Web Link

See the draft letter/email to congressman other legislators below -encouraging passing of HR 530 - we can customize and blanket out to our respective groups?!

Our congressmen for 94526 are:
Congressman Mark DeSaulnier: Web Link
Congressman Eric Swalwell: Web Link

Dear ___________:

On behalf of the City 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.

The FCC allowed the telecommunications industry to write these regulations without sufficient input from local leaders. This has led to regulations that restrict cities from requiring carriers to meet the needs of communities in which they want to operate. The FCC’s order unnecessarily complicates existing agreements and negotiations between cities and wireless providers by imposing a one-size-fits-all preemption of existing state and local policies. The FCC’s limits on fees for use of publicly owned property by private companies is an extreme overreach by the federal government, forcing cities to subsidize development at the cost of other critical local services.

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.



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