On June 29, Senators John Thune of South Dakota and Brian Schatz of Hawaii introduced S.3157, otherwise known as the Streamlining the Rapid Evolution and Modernization of Leading-edge Infrastructure Necessary to Enhance (STREAMLINE) Small Cell Deployment Act. This bill would have a similar effect as the recent FCC rulemaking efforts we have written about over the past year (see, here, and here) and severely limits the actions local governments can take on small cell wireless facility siting. The bill would, amongst other things, limit local control of the municipal right-of-way and restrict the amount of fees that can be charged for use of the ROW.
The National League of Cities (NLC), the League’s national affiliate, has been advocating against the preemptive measures found in this bill and under consideration by the FCC but the best way to thwart this attack on local control is for local leaders to contact their members of Congress. To do this, the NLC has set up a convenient tool to assist local leaders with contacting their members of Congress and opposing this bill or similar legislation. This tool can be accessed here. While there is no House companion bill one is expected shortly and the Senate is poised to move in this bill quickly, because of this, we urge you to reach out to your Federal Representatives today and oppose this attack on local governments.
Contact: Frank Marshall, Esq., League Staff Attorney, FMarshall@njslom.org ,609-695-3481 x137.