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February 2021

Senator Glowiak introduced the following legistration regarding 5g:

SB 00041 Sen. Suzy Glowiak Hilton 50 ILCS 840/15 was 50 ILCS 835/15 50 ILCS 840/45 new 
Amends the Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act. Provides that a wireless provider may be required to provide the following additional information when seeking a permit to collocate small wireless facilities: (i) a written affidavit signed by a radio frequency engineer with specified certifications; (ii) a written report that analyzes acoustic levels for the small wireless facility and all associated equipment; (iii) information showing the small wireless facility has received any required review by the FCC under the National Environmental Policy Act; and (iv) a certified copy of the original easement documents and other supporting documentation demonstrating that the applicant has the right to install, mount, maintain, and remove a small wireless facility and associated equipment in specified circumstances. Provides that an authority may propose that the small wireless facility be collocated on an existing utility pole or existing wireless support structure within 200 feet (rather than 100 feet) of the proposed collocation. In provisions prohibiting an authority from requiring an application, approval, or permit or requiring any fees or other charges from a communications service provider authorized to occupy the rights-of-way for the replacement of wireless facilities with wireless facilities that are substantially similar, clarifies when changes are not "substantially similar". Provides that an authority may adopt reasonable rules requiring providers to place above-ground small wireless facilities and associated equipment and to replace larger, more visually intrusive small wireless facilities with smaller, less visually intrusive facilities. Adds provisions concerning radio frequency compliance. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

August 2020
State Representative Mazzochi introduced the "Protect Me from 5G Act" on August 13, 2020.  Click here to find a summary of the legislation introduced and a video of the event. The act has the following key elements: radio frequency monitoring, noise monitoring, environental protection, equipment restrictions, alternate location authority, closing application loopholes, below ground devices, and easement rules.

February 2020
Click here to view the February 18, 2020 consideration of a Resolution to amend or repeal the Small Wireless Facility Deployment Act to return control of local right-of-ways to municipalities, and a Resolution to support Federal Bills for the same purpose.

 Click here, to read, "Illinois lawmakers call for caution on 5G, the next wireless wave."

What is the Next Generation (5G) of Wireless Telecommunications?
The field of telecommunications continues to evolve at a very fast pace.  5G is the 5th generation of mobile networks and the technology that is being developed will significantly increase data speeds and support the development of other new technologies, such as autonomous vehicles, smart homes, virtual reality, and the Internet of Things with billions of connected devices.  Wireless access for homes and enhanced mobile services are likely to be the first applications using the new 5G technology, with the first mobile devices providing 5G connectivity expected to become available in 2020.

Unlike older wireless technology (3G, 4G) that rely on a network of microwave dish and panel antennas that can receive and send data over a large area (macro cells), 5G antennas are generally smaller in size (each antenna equivalent to the size of a tool cabinet) and have a more limited coverage area of less than 1,000 feet, meaning they are most effective where there is a line of sight between the antenna and the user or another antenna.  This changes the infrastructure needed to support 5G telecommunications.  Rather than utilize a network of antennas mounted on tall transmission towers spaced miles apart, 5G antennas require a dense network of closely-spaced antennas that can be installed on utility poles and buildings that are closer to the user base.

What has Happened Recently?
In support of the goal to advance the country’s infrastructure for the next generation of wireless telecommunications facilities, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted new requirements on September 26, 2018 which streamlined and removed regulatory barriers that were perceived to inhibit the deployment of advanced wireless communications services, such as 5G.  The FCC’s actions placed new limits on state and local government’s regulatory authority over small wireless infrastructure located within the public rights of way, established limits on the amount of fees that can be charged for use of publicly owned utility poles for the installation of telecommunications equipment (such as antennas) as well as the amount of fees that can be charged for the review of telecommunications facilities.  Also included in the FCC’s action are more stringent deadlines for local government to process small wireless applications, and stricter limits on local government’s ability to require undergrounding of equipment and application of aesthetic considerations in their review of small wireless telecommunications facilities.

What is the Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act?
The Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act (the “Act”), 50 ILCS 840/1 et seq., which was signed into law on April 12, 2018, as Public Act 100-0585, provides the regulations and process for permitting and deploying small wireless facilities within rights-of-way and on private property throughout Illinois (excluding Chicago). Small wireless facilities, also known as a “small cell,” are most often attached to utility or other poles. Small wireless facilities enable the transmission of data and wireless communications to and from a wireless device, such as a computer, cell phone, tablet, or new “smart home” types of devices (thermostats, refrigerators) and even, in the near future, driverless cars. The Act states that these small wireless facilities are critical to delivering wireless access to advanced technology, broadband and 9-1-1 services to homes, businesses and schools in Illinois. The telecommunications industry drafted and sought approval of the Act in order to roll out a 5G telecommunications network over the course of the next couple of years using small wireless facility installations attached to utility and other poles with minimal say by municipalities on where the installations are sited. The Village can subject small wireless facilities to zoning review in the zoning districts when located outside the right-of-way.

Meeting Agenda and Minutes

Resolution Adopting Written Design Standards for Small Wireless Facilities

Design Standards and What is Regulated

Summary of Authority and Regulations

Village Communications

Related Small Cell Website Links

Pending Small Wireless Facilities Permit Applications

Private Utility Construction Permits

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