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California Bills

This is the California battle of our lives.

Currently, a wireless "small" cell tower installation must go through the City Planning Commissioners and City Council, with public hearings. Two new California bills would remove this process. They would, if passed, enact an egregious corporate takeover of the public commons, allowing installation on telephone poles and light poles without a city official approval process. Telecom has introduced bills in BOTH houses to remove local control. Deadline for comment April 8 and April 14. 
Please take a moment to watch this important news story.

The Senate Bill gives Telecom control over all public poles, and the Assembly bill literally removes "municipal" oversight of antennas from the state constitution.

See flyer for SB 556 here.

We need local electeds to oppose before April 8 and 15.  The opposition needs to be filed through the legislative portal. Go to the committee websites and establish an account and password to upload your opposition.

See flyer for AB 537.

What is the solution?

The Federal Infrastructure bill includes funding for broadband, but there is a preference for wired fiber optic to and into the premises because it is easier to upgrade (future!), more reliable (in weather storms and FIRES), it is MUCH more energy-efficient, more cyber secure, faster and with better voice quality, safer. If set up as a municipal utility (even partnering with private companies), it can make money for the city or county and the municipality can subsidize low-income residents.  If Telecom puts an antenna on every pole and municipalities are removed from their constitutional role, we will never bridge the digital divide and never have wired internet.

Firefighters don't want cell towers- why should you? 

Watch this great news story on SB 649
AB 537 Quirk (D) comment deadline April 8 5pm and hearing on April 14 Ass Loc Gov
You need to look at earlier versions to see that municipal control is deleted from the constitution!
SB 556 Dodd (D) comment deadline April 14 5pm and hearing on April 19 Sen Energy Util Communications.
The League of CA Cities has taken a position on SB 556 -- Hopefully, they will oppose AB 537 too.
Please see the sample (but use your own words as much as possible)

SB 556 Sample City Opposition Letter


THANK YOU for taking action for the good of ALL residents and wildlife in California!

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