The telecom corporations want to streamline permitting and reduce costs for installing their transmitters — ranging in size from a pizza box to a small refrigerator — on municipal utility poles, street lights and traffic signals wherever they want.
The industry anticipates installing 30,000 to 50,000 of these “small cells” in the next few years as it rolls out the next generation of wireless networks, 5G.
It will be faster and have more capacity than what we’ve got today.
Under current law, local governments control where the equipment is placed, usually on tall cell towers, which won’t be needed for the new equipment.
Under SB 649 by Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), local governments wouldn’t have the power to deny permits if the telecoms followed the minimum guidelines set by Sacramento.
This bill would prevent local governments from shaking down telecoms to the tune of $3,000 or more annually for each transmitter.
Source: LA Times