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AB 57 Implementation: Trainings Offered for New Wireless Permitting Law

January 8, 2016

The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, States of California & Nevada Chapter (SCAN) invites CSAC members to participate in two upcoming trainings on new wireless shot clock rules. SCAN will facilitate meetings in Fountain Valley on January 21 and at San Francisco City Hall on February 4. Information is available online here. Both meetings are open to SCAN non-members.

Effective January 1, 2016, local governments must approve or deny applications for new wireless facilities or co-locations within time periods established by the FCC. A new California law (AB 57 – Quirk, 2015) offers wireless companies a “deemed approve” provision that the industry had previously sought through federal regulation. Applications are deemed approved if the city or county does not make a decision within 90 or 150 days for co-locations and new wireless facilities, respectively.

CSAC opposed AB 57 throughout the entire legislative process and requested the Governor’s veto. Unfortunately, the bill was signed into law last fall. We would appreciate feedback from county planning departments about any experiences you encounter, positive or negative, in implementing the new law.

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