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5G Forces a Local Control Struggle

Local governments are fighting control after federal regulators removed some of the regulatory protections that could slow private companies from grabbing land in an effort
October 11, 2019, 11am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Anxiety around the deployment [of 5G wireless Internet technology] has only been heightened in the wake of a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision handed down last year to accelerate approval times and cap fees that cities could charge for installing small cells, the infrastructure needed for 5G," reports Chris Teale.

"While some have turned to litigation to try and overturn the ruling — a bill pending in Congress would do the same — some experts suggest cities prepare a strong roll out plan for 5G."

Teale is sharing insights into just what form such local plans could take, shared by participants at the recent Smart Cities Connect conference in National Harbor, Maryland.

Previous coverage from Planetizen provides background on the ongoing debate between local governments and the federal government on the rollout of 5G technology.

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Published on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 in Smart Cities Dive
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