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HB 533, Restrictions on Local Control of Rights-of-Way: Small Cell Antennas and New Poles

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Working With Author Charlotte Davis, (678) 686-6291

Last Updated: 2/28/2018
Subject Area: Municipal Powers | Utilities |
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HB 533, known as the ‘5G Broadband Infrastructure Leads to Development Act (BILD)’, would give unregulated access and special privileges to those seeking to put wireless service facilities or new poles in the public rights-of-way. The legislation limits, and in some cases eliminates, cities’ cost recovery options for maintaining the public rights-of-way, while also superseding existing aesthetic requirements and permitting practices. This bill would not allow cities to place any time limitations on permits or place any moratoriums on the permit processing, and would only require that collocation work “commence” within one year. Rights-of-way are a limited resource and cities are, and should remain, responsible for making sure they are properly and consistently maintained to preserve community aestethics and to ensure public safety.

3/6/2017 - Assigned To House Committee


Rep. Brett Harrell
District 106
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