Small Cell wireless equipment collocation bill passes in Minnesota

The last I left the wireless equipment collocation bill there was agreement but a few details outstanding. It looks like some of the loose ends were tied and it’s been signed.

Here are some of the details outlined by AGL Media Group

The final bill sets fees for small cell attachments to municipal structures at $150 a year plus $25 for maintenance and a monthly fee for electricity use. …

“Fees paid to collocate on municipal poles were always the most contentious part,” O’Neill said. “The negotiations really got stuck on the rental fee for quite a few hours. The cities wanted an exorbitant amount into the thousands of dollars.”

The bill also designates small cell deployment as a permitted use in public rights-of-way, except in areas zoned for single-family residential use and in historic districts, where a conditional use or special permit may be required. It establishes a 90-day shot clock for application approvals or denials and also prohibits moratoria on small cell deployment.

Consolidated permit applications are allowed for the collocation of up to 15 small wireless facilities, although the municipality may allow more. To be aggregated, the small cells must use similar equipment, be placed on similar support structures and be located within a two-mile radius. If applications for more than 30 small wireless facilities are received in a seven-day period, a municipality may extend the 90-day review period by 30 days.

It’s legislation that’s getting around…

Minnesota is one of nine states that have passed small cell legislation so far, including Iowa, Kansas, Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Indiana, Arizona and Colorado. Four more bills are working their way through the process in California, Missouri, Illinois and North Carolina.

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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