Sens. Want To Limit Time For Cities' Small Cell Reviews

By Bryan Koenig (June 29, 2018, 5:39 PM EDT) -- Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, introduced a bill Thursday aimed at speeding the approval of so-called small cells that are essential to deploying 5G, by giving local governments no more than 90 days to act on applications to install the "backpack-sized" units.

Telecommunications companies contend old rules governing wireless infrastructure siting are too costly and time-consuming, having been designed with massive towers in mind rather than the hundreds of thousands of small cells that carriers want to install to roll out 5G across the country.

"Most rules on the books governing siting were designed for traditional 200-foot macro...

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