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SB 649 "Small Cell" Equipment September 14, 2017 Update

Post Date:09/11/2017 2:41 PM

SB 649 is scheduled to be heard on Friday, September 15th on the Senate floor after it passed in the Assembly on September 13th. If the Senate votes to pass SB 649, it will go before the Governor to be signed into law or vetoed.

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.

Concerned residents may contact state legislators below to urge them to oppose SB 649 and its proposed amendments:

Local state elected officials that represent Palos Verdes Estates:

To view the City's SB 649 opposition letter, click here. For more information about SB 649, please click here.

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