The League of California Cities, the California State Association of Counties and the Rural County Representatives of California today released a short animated video strongly hitting home the message that SB 649 is a telecom power grab that gives them profits at the expense of California communities. The video is available at: https://youtu.be/ur8J1IvCijc
City and county leaders and others are urging the Legislature to reject legislation that would severely limit local input on where telecommunications companies could install wireless equipment on public infrastructure. It also puts an arbitrary cap on reimbursement for the use of public property. Over 215 cities and dozens of counties oppose SB 649.
SB 649 would give the wireless giants virtually limitless ability to install antennas, wireless boosters, and other equipment wherever they want — on any publicly owned street light, traffic-signal pole, or any wood poles with electricity, cable, or telephone lines attached. The bill would shortchange taxpayers, and disproportionately hurt those living in rural and inland communities by increasing the Digital Divide, while stripping power from inland and rural local leaders. Meanwhile, Californians would still pay the same high prices for their wireless services.
Established in 1898, the League of California Cities is a nonprofit statewide association that advocates for cities with the state and federal governments and provides education and training services to elected and appointed city officials.