In 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) introduced a new regulation that undermines the authority of state and local governments to regulate the deployment of 5G telecommunications technology on phone and utility poles. RCRC opposed the regulation alongside other advocates for the rights of state and local governments.
On June 27th, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced the Restoring Local Control Over Public Infrastructure Act, a bill that would repeal the FCC regulation and restore the legal rights of county governments. In addition, the proposal would overturn the FCC’s 60 and 90 day “shot clocks” for local governments to consider applications to use public infrastructure before those applications are approved automatically.
The bill has six Democrat cosponsors, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California). The legislation can be accessed here.