Government Actions

The Telecom industry has been hard at work lobbying government officials at the federal level, the state level, and at the FCC to speed the deployment of small cells.  And, as we have grown accustomed to, our government is happily doing their bidding, much to the chagrin of a growing number of people.  Following are summaries of some actions taken thus far. 



There are currently 41 bills pertaining to wireless, 5g small cell siting, and the Internet of Things at the Federal level.  To see the full list of bills, please go to

H.Res.53, sponsored by Representative Robert E. Latto, titled Get Out of the Way and Stay Out of the Way, captures the sentiment of most of these bills. As stated on the bill:

H.Res.53 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that in order to continue aggressive growth in the Nation’s telecommunications and technology industries, the United States Government should “Get Out of the Way and Stay Out of the Way”.

The following bill may be one of the most important ones to focus on as it may prove to be an extension of Section 704 of the Telecommunications Act which preempts regulation of the placement of wireless facilities on the basis of environmental effects, and which has been interpreted to include health effects to humans as well.: 

S 1988, the SPEED Act, was introduced on October 19th, 2017.  For more on this bill, please see Bipartisan Bill Could SPEED Next-Gen Broadband .

“A bipartisan bill has been introduced that would streamline the deployment of broadband infrastructure in areas that had already been ‘subjected’ to historical or environmental reviews, including by preempting FCC reviews.”  

Apparently, humans can forego pollinators and other forms of wildlife, but not data! 

For more information on opposing small cell legislation on the Federal level, please check out the following page by Environmental Health Trust which lists current federal legislation and actions you can take to protect your community by contacting your federal elected officials and enjoining them to protect the public.

United States Federal Legislation On 5G Small Cells – TAKE ACTION on Legislation stripping the community right to decision making on wireless facilitie


THE STATE OF THE STATES:  Please see Environmental Health Trust’s List of US States with Legislation (Proposed and Passed) Regarding Streamlining of Wireless Facilities in Rights of Way.

For the article, Handcuffing cities to help Telecom Giants; Carriers Are Pushing States and the FCC to Constrain Public Rights, They Say it’s for the Mythical “5g,”  We Should Be Very Skeptical by Susan Crawford, John A. Reilly Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard, click, HERE.

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION  (Please click on link below.)