If a local authority does not act on an application for a new wireless facility within 150 days and within 90 days for a modification, the application would be deemed granted, according to a rewrite of the “Advanced Broadband Collocation Act” being considered by the Georgia House of Representatives. The verbiage in the proposed bill is very similar to the request made by CTIA to the FCC that led to the shot clock.
The proposed rewrite, known as the “Mobile Broadband Infrastructure Leads to Development Act,” incorporates some of the FCC’s definitions for what should be considered as a collocation.
“This bill, which updates a 2010 piece of legislation, is very much a reflection of how forward thinking Georgia and the Georgia legislature is concerning tacking telecom and technology issues,” Jonathan Campbell , PCIA director, government affairs, told AGL Bulletin.
House Bill 176, sponsored by Rep. Don Parsons (R-44th), Stacey Abrams (D-89th), Earnest Smith (D-134th), Mike Dudgeon (R-25th), Chuck Martin (R- 49th), was read before the Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications committee on Feb. 1.
The “Mobile Broadband Infrastructure Leads to Development Act” uses the FCC’s guidance to define terms, such an antenna, collocation, equipment compound, modification, substantial change in size and wireless facility. Definitions that some said were lacking and detrimental to the effectiveness of Section 6409(a) of the Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation Act.