— A coalition of 24 organizations is joining in a new letter today urging the Senate to advance the STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act, S. 3157. The legislation from Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) would put limits on how long local governments can take to review 5G wireless infrastructure applications and how much they can charge. Of particular note: signers such as the Internet Association and the Information Tech Industry Council, both of which count tech giants among their members, as well as the National Association of Manufacturers and National Farmers Union.
— This boost comes as Congress faces few legislative days left in 2018 and intense outcry in recent months from some national organizations representing state and local leaders who feel wrongly squeezed by the prospect of federal preemption. These powerful industry groups argue in today’s new letter to Thune and Schatz that their bill “appropriately balances the need to modernize the rules with the rights of state and local governments” and “creates reasonable timeframes for acting on siting requests, but retains local authority to regulate structural engineering standards, safety requirements, and aesthetic or concealment requirements.”
Source: POLITICO Morning Tech