— Today Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) is convening a field hearing on 5G in Sioux Falls, S.D., where MT expects his STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act, S. 3157, will score a lot of chatter. (The measure would set deadlines for states and localities on small cell action.) Despite Thune’s recent glum assessment that pushback from local officials could stall the legislation, he recently struck a more optimistic note about moving the legislation during the lame-duck session after the midterm elections. “If we could get this STREAMLINE bill going, too, I’d love to do that in wrap-up this year,” Thune told John this week.
— Among the witnesses: Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken, a booster of the legislation and enthusiast for making his town an ideal mid-market case for successful 5G rollout and consequently, just maybe, “a telecommuting headquarters for the entire country,” as he told John early on this fall. Sioux Falls “got a little bit of pushback from our parks team because of the aesthetic worries” about the new wireless infrastructure, TenHaken added, suggesting 5G buildout (which requires far more but much smaller cell sites) brings “a newness to a lot of people that creates some of that pushback.”
Source: POLITICO Morning Tech