This is the California battle of our lives.
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?
THANK YOU for taking action for the good of ALL residents and wildlife in California!