U.S. Representative Introduces Bill to Overturn FCC Small Cell Order

Small Cell TowerCalifornia Representative Anna G. Eshoo has introduced the Accelerating Wireless Broadband Development by Empowering Local Communities Act of 2019 to overturn the FCC small cell order and restore local control in deployment of 5G.

“Having served in local government for a decade on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, I understand and respect the important role that state and local governments play in protecting the welfare of their residents,” said Rep. Eshoo. “5G is essential for our country’s communications network and economy, but it must be deployed responsibly and equitably. The FCC let industry 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.”

Representatives from National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA), National League of Cities (NLC), and the National Association of Counties (NACo) applauded Eshoo’s legislation:

“Counties are committed to ensuring that all residents have access to affordable broadband while timely 5G facilities and services are deployed. As we achieve these goals, we must also fulfill our responsibilities as trustees of public property and rights-of-way, without adding unnecessary red tape,” said Matthew Chase, Executive Director of the National Association of Counties. “We thank Representative Eshoo for introducing a bill that preserves the role of counties and other local governments as true partners in advancing 5G technology everywhere.”

BB&K law has provided a template for resolutions in support of HR 530 and a template for letters to congressional representatives in support of HR 530.

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Eshoo Introduces Legislation To Restore Local Control In Deployment Of 5g (Office of Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo)