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Small Cell Nodes:  Understanding City Authority

Senate Bill 1004 passed during the 2017 regular legislative session, and requires a city to allow access for cellular antennae and related equipment (“small cell nodes”) in city rights-of-way.  It also entitles cell companies and others to place equipment on city light poles, traffic poles, street signs, and other poles.  Negotiations during the legislative session led to concession giving some city authority over placement. However, the bill caps a city’s right-of-way rental fee at $250 per small cell node.  Cities want this technology, but their taxpayers should not be on the hook for subsidizing it.  This workshop will explain how cities should prepare for the implementation of this new technology.

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