Arkansas became the 23rd state to pass and sign into law legislation streamlining small cells and facilitating 5G deployment this week.
CTIA Senior Vice President of External and State Affairs, Jamie Hastings, applauded Governor Hutchinson, Senator Jonathan Dismang and Representatives Andy Davis, Frederick Love and Roger Lynch on the passage of Arkansas House Bill 1874.
“This legislation will ensure residents of Arkansas receive the investment and benefits that 5G will bring to American communities, small and large,” Hastings said. “According to Accenture, next-generation wireless networks will bring $302M in economic growth to Little Rock and more than 1,500 jobs to Fort Smith and Fayetteville alone.”
WIA President and CEO Jonathan Adelstein said the legislation lays the groundwork for jobs, economic growth, and access to healthcare and education for Arkansans.
“We are glad to support this balanced and bipartisan bill, and we thank the sponsors and the governor for their vision in enabling Arkansas to help propel the U.S. toward becoming the global leader in 5G,” Adelstein said.
Late in March, West Virginia was the 22nd state pass legislation. It signed into law a small cell reform bill that allows localities to charge up to $25 per year for the use of the right-of-way and $65 per year for attachment of small cells to certain utility poles, and it requires localities to approve or disapprove of small cell attachments generally within 60 days of applications.
In June 2018, Hawaii became the 21st state to pass small cell streamlining legislation. The measure established a process to upgrade and support next-generation wireless broadband infrastructure, established a permitting, application, review, and approval process for wireless facilities on state or county solely-owned utility poles, or install associated utility poles, in the right of way.