Wireless Industry Now Seeks to Limit Local Control at Federal Level

On October 16, many of us were buoyed when Governor Jerry Brown vetoed State Senate Bill 649. SB 649 would have restricted local government oversight of telecommunication small cell wireless equipment and limited city government ability to charge for use of government owned infrastructure.

This bill was strongly opposed by local city governments, including Palos Verdes Estates, which is particularly interested in maintaining the local aesthetics. In his veto, Governor Brown stated that “the interest which localities have in managing rights of way requires a more balanced solution than the one achieved in this bill.”

Having failed at the local level, the wireless industry is turning to the federal government in an effort to legislate restrictions on localities.

For more info, visit the PVE city website by clicking here.

To view the City’s opposition letter to this draft bill, click here.

Concerned residents may also contact U.S. Senators below to urge them to oppose the draft bill and its proposed amendments:

US Senator Office & Contact Information
Dianne Feinstein  Contact U.S. Senator Feinstein

331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3841
Fax: (202) 228-3954
TTY/TDD: (202) 224-2501

Kamala Harris Contact U.S. Senator Harris

112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone (202) 224 – 3553
Fax (202) 224 – 2200

 

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