AB 537 wants to standardize the antenna siting process by eliminating “permits” for safety. It forces local governments to review and approve antenna applications under stricter shot clocks and if the review is incomplete or found unsafe, the application(s) will be “deemed approved” and cities and counties will need to take the telecom carriers to court to stop construction. This bill overrides the FCC and the 9th Circuit court decision.
SB 556 will allow Telecom carriers to attach multiple wireless antennas on all streetlights and utility poles in our public rights of way, again without local approval for safety. The 2018 fires in Malibu were the result of an overloaded pole and resulted in billions in financial costs as well as personal loss and death. Our city/ our county has unique fire safety and zoning needs and these needs should be protected. We rely on local officials like you to protect our safety, privacy, security, health and property,
These bills won’t improve connectivity, they won’t close the digital divide and they’re not needed for remote learning, working from home or for first responders. These are hoodwinked bills that are meant to seem beneficial, but the real purpose of these bills is to boost telecom profits by removing the time commitment needed for the permitting process. It’s not okay to put the profits of giant telecoms over the rights of their local constituents.
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