October 14, 2015 — California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation streamlining the siting process for applicants, which provides a deemed approved remedy if the city or county fails to act on an application within the FCC prescribed application timelines.
California Assembly Bill 57 will reduce delays in applications to site new wireless facilities and renew permits for existing facilities, according to Jonathan Adelstein, PCIA’s president and CEO.
“By speeding approval of these facilities, we can ensure Californians have timely access to robust mobile broadband,” added Adelstein.
There was one exception for wireless deployments on fire department properties built into AB 57, which are not subject to the automatic deemed-approved remedy.
Jonathan Kramer, Telecom Law Firm, does not expect a lot to change with the law’s passage, because he believes the majority of wireless projects in California are already approved or denied within the FCC shot clock time frames.
“One of the biggest impediments to quicker processing of wireless projects by local governments has been the game of musical chairs played by the carriers and turf vendors who seem to frequently switch out permit runners mid-project,” he said.
Another prediction from the municipality side has been the belief that local governments will just end-up denying projects that legitimately require more time to process when the applicant refuses to enter into a tolling agreement.