Speakers at the Connectivity Expo in Orlando, and leaders around the wireless industry, were upbeat about the signing of Nebraska’s Small Cell Wireless Facilities Deployment Act into law by Governor Pete Ricketts. The number of states with small cell legislation now stands at 25.
“Our organization has committed to passing small cell legislation across the states with model legislation that we developed with all of our members working together,” Jonathan Adelstein, WIA president and CEO, said in his opening remarks at the conference. “Half of the country on the state level has passed laws to promote wireless infrastructure deployment. They are carefully balanced laws that make sure we expedite the [zoning and permitting] process and maintain local control where it makes sense. These laws are really going to help us get the job done.”
The National Association of Tower Erectors, which has 12 member companies in Nebraska, applauded Governor Ricketts and members of the Nebraska State Senate for getting the bill passed,
“NATE’s Wireless Industry Network worked with the association’s members in Nebraska at the grassroots level to urge lawmakers to support this bill. NATE member companies are on the front lines deploying small cell wireless technology across the country and this law will serve to streamline the permitting process for the placement and approval of small cells in the Cornhusker State. Nebraska consumers and businesses will be the primary benefactors of this new law,” said NATE Wireless Industry Network Director Scott Krouse.
CTIA Senior Vice President of External and State Affairs Jamie Hastings expressed the association’s thanks to Governor Ricketts and Senator Friesen on the passage of Nebraska Legislative Bill 184, which will add, according to Accenture, $711 million in economic growth and more than 4,350 jobs to Omaha alone.
The bill had stalled last year, according to the Omaha World-Herald, because of concern tht wireless companies would “reap profits from public property while hamstringing the ability of local governments to control their right-of-way.”