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SB 649 "Small Cell" Equipment April 28, 2017 Update

Post Date:04/28/2017 2:45 PM

Despite opposition from at least 90 cities across the state to SB 649 (Hueso), the Senate Governance and Finance Committee unanimously voted (7-0) to limit local control and revenue from the installation of “small cell” equipment on all public property within and out of the public right-of-way (PROW). To view the City's SB 649 opposition letter, click here.

The bill will go next to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Concerned residents may contact state legislators below to urge them to oppose SB 649 and its proposed amendments.
Senate Appropriations Committee Members:

SB 649 allows small cell antennas on public pole structures to be as large as six cubic feet, and its associated equipment (i.e. power supply, etc) as large as 21 cubic feet on the pole structure itself. The proposal excludes the following ancillary equipment from all of the size limitations mentioned above:

  • Electric meters and their pedestals;
  • Concealment elements;
  • Demarcation boxes;
  • Grounding equipment;
  • Power transfer switches; and
  • Vertical cable runs. 

Ultimately, SB 649 and its proposed amendments would unnecessarily shut out public input when a better approach would be one that encourages coordination and vision for “small cell” deployment in a way that works best for each city.

To learn more about SB 649, please review the League of CA Cities' update.

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