2019-04-17 Webinar: Local Government Authority Over Wireless Facilities in Public Rights of Way

April 17, 2019


In 2017, the Colorado General Assembly passed legislation limiting in certain respects local government control over small cell wireless facilities in the public rights-of-way.  Fourteen months later, the Federal Communications Commission adopted its own new rules which, although claiming not to significantly preempt state small cell laws, then went on to adopt multiple provisions directly in conflict with Colorado’s legislation.  The FCC rules are being challenged in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  This session will suggest various ways local governments can best comply with the Federal and State regulatory landscape, assert the regulatory control still available to preserve the aesthetics of our communities, address the status of the legal challenge to the FCC rules, and will also describe what one Colorado city is doing to manage small cell deployment as it navigates these legal hurdles.

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