As of July 2019, 21 states in the US had passed 5G legislation largely removing local communities’ right to weigh in on the placement, fees, review timelines, and appeal processes of 4g/5g wireless cellphone antennas aka so-called “small cells”. These favorable-to-industry ALEC state bills ignore health impacts, privacy violations, weather forecasting interference to name just a few of the ways in which the public will be negatively impacted.
In response to the Colorado state bill, a group of citizens submitted to their state legislators an excellent Policy Report, Reclaiming Local Control Over Wireless Facilities in Colorado. The report identifies many shortcomings of the Colorado legislation. It also suggests that if the legislators should choose to craft new legislation, that it prioritize local control as was done with earlier generations of cellphones.
This very thorough and well-written report can be used in other states facing these similar bills and may also be prove useful in educating local representatives.
Please find three links below:
1. Link to a summary article about the state of the state bills (as of July 2019) put out by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Mobile 5G and Small Cell 2019 Legislation
2. Link to an introductory memorandum written by Dr. Timothy Schoechle giving context to the Policy Report, Reclaiming Local Control Over Wireless Facilities in Colorado.
3. Link to Policy Report, Reclaiming Local Control Over Wireless Facilities in Colorado