Senate – 06/28/2018: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
(Action By: Senate)
Sponsor by Sen. Thune, John [R-SD] (Introduced 06/28/2018)
Co-sponsor Sen. Schatz, Brian [D-HI]* 06/28/2018
The STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act would impose a shot clock of between 60 and 90 days for state, local and tribal governments to decide on wireless companies’ requests to install small-cell infrastructure, critical for 5G. If a government takes too long to consider an application, it would be automatically approved.
All fees municipalities charge for broadband infrastructure would have to reflect real costs. The bill would also mandate a GAO study on barriers to broadband deployment on tribal lands.
The legislation faced considerable delay in coming together. A draft version was circulated in October, but municipalities objected on the grounds that the provisions were unfair to local governments.
S4WT posted the draft text here: http://scientists4wiredtech.com/legislation/2017-small-cell-act-draft/