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Wireless Industry Regulations

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State and local regulations pertaining to the wireless communications and wireless infrastructure industries are constantly evolving.

It is important for American Tower to inform our customers of legislation and amendments that affect tower development and site modification.

Recent Legislation

Iowa – House File 655, Encourages Expansion of High-Speed Broadband Internet to Unserved and Underserved Areas of the State

Provides for the coordination and facilitation of broadband access in targeted services throughout the state. 

TopicBroadcast and radio-based communications 

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Missouri – State Senate Bill 650, Modifications to the Uniform Wireless Communications Infrastructure Deployment Act

Provides application approval of new wireless support structure within 120 calendar days and collocation application approval within 45 calendar days.

Topic: Broadcast and radio-based communications 

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Washington – State House Bill 2175, Removing barriers to economic development in the telecommunications industry

Requires that local governments allow one permit for multiple small cell networks instead of requiring one permit for each individual microcell facility.

Topic: Small Cells

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Forsyth County, NC – Transmission Tower Ordinance

Opens residential areas for cell tower placement where they were previously prohibited.

Topic: Cell towers in residential areas

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Winston-Salem, NC – Transmission Tower Ordinance

Requires that City Council must vote to approve towers proposed for residential-zoned areas and that companies proposing towers in residential neighborhoods must hold community meetings to explain their plans to residents living within 500 feet of the tower.

Topic: Cell towers in residential areas

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Carteret County, NC – Cell Tower Ordinance Revision

Adds a specific timed process for application review and approval to speed tower modifications and development.

Topic: Collocation and modification applications

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