OVER 125 LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND 130 PUBLIC UTILITIES IN 47 STATES VOICE SUPPORT FOR ESHOO BILL TO EMPOWER LOCAL 5G DEPLOYMENT

March 5, 2019
Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.— 126 local government leaders and 132 public power utilities across 47 states endorsed Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo’s (D-CA) Accelerating Wireless Broadband Development by Empowering Local Communities Act of 2019. The bill overturns the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations limiting the ability of local governments to regulate the deployment of 5G wireless infrastructure.

“The FCC allowed industry to write the regulations leading to a complete freezing out of local governments from having a say in how 5G infrastructure is deployed,” Eshoo said. “From New York City to San Jose, over 250 local governments and public utilities support H.R. 530 to reinstate local communities’ voices in 5G deployment. The benefits of 5G will be substantial, and I’m committed to making sure the gains made are equitable.”

Support for Rep. Eshoo’s H.R. 530, the Accelerating Wireless Broadband Development by Empowering Local Communities Act of 2019, includes:

  • 126 mayors, city councils, town councils, county executives, and boards of supervisors

    • Representing 42 million Americans
    • Including six of the ten most populous cities in the U.S.
    • Including formal resolutions of support adopted by 10 local governments

  • 132 public utilities and associations of public utilities
  • Statewide associations in California, Florida, Virginia, and Nebraska
  • National groups including the National League of Cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Association of Counties, and the American Public Power Association

Background

Last year the FCC adopted regulations limiting the abilities of cities and states to regulate small cell sites (e.g., pole attachments) needed for the deployment of 5G. The actions limit the type and amount of fees cities and states may charge, set “shot clocks” as low as 60 days for cities and states to authorize proposals, and limit non-fee requirements cities and states may institute. The regulations began taking effect on January 14, 2019. On January 14, 2019, Congresswoman Eshoo introduced H.R. 530, the Accelerating Wireless Broadband Development by Empowering Local Communities Act of 2019, to overturn the FCC’s regulations.

A full list of supporters of Eshoo’s legislation can be found HERE, and the text of the legislation can be found HERE.

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