“Senate Bill 649 would make it easier and cheaper for the companies to place small transmitters in cities and counties. More cells, they argue, will improve service and add critical redundancy to phone systems in areas affected by wildfires or other natural disasters,” the Sacramento Bee is reporting in Sunday’s edition.
“But as the bill breezes through the Legislature with few dissenting votes, hundreds of city and county governments are pushing back. They say it removes their discretion over where unsightly ‘small cell’ wireless antennas – some as big as a refrigerator with their associated equipment – will go, and reduces by millions the leasing fees they collect from the companies to place cells on public lands.
“‘It’s a Pandora’s box for California cities,” said Reinette Senum, a city councilwoman in Nevada City. ‘It’s one that blatantly strips local government of the authority to protect quality of life for residents, the environment and the public right-of-way.’
The full article is here.