Recently, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California introduced S.2012 also known as the Restoring Local Control of Public Infrastructure Act of 2019. S.2012 is a companion bill to H.R. 530 or the Accelerating Broadband Development by Empowering Local Communities Act of 2019, which was introduced earlier this year. This legislation would work to roll back the FCC’s 2018 small cell preemption order which ignored the input of hundreds of local governments in favor of large telecommunication giants.
This is an issue that the League, along with our national affiliate, The National League of Cities (NLC), has been following closely, and both our organizations support this legislation. Both the House and the Senate bills currently need more cosponsors. To assist with getting this legislation passed the NLC has created a template letter of support which you can customize to send to your representatives. The League is strongly urging our members to submit letters of support for this legislation and to make your concerns over the FCC’s order heard.
Contact: Frank Marshall, Esq., League Staff Attorney, firstname.lastname@example.org, 609-695-3481, x137.