Compromise Small Cell (5G) Legislation Introduced in the House and Senate

HB 184 and SB 66 - Compromise Small Cell (5G) Legislation Introduced in Both the House and Senate
During the past two years, ACCG has opposed legislation which would have greatly preempted local government management of the public's right-of-way for the placement of small cell (5G) poles, antennas and equipment. At the urging of the General Assembly, ACCG, the Georgia Municipal Association, Verizon and AT&T negotiated a reasonable compromise over the 2018 interim that has incorporated the many safeguards which ACCG had called for in these bills.
This week, HB 184 and SB 66 were introduced by Rep. Brett Harrell and Sen. Steve Gooch, respectively. Key points of this ACCG compromise small cell wireless deployment legislation include:
  • Incentives for co-location in order to limit new poles
  • Protections for historic districts and residential areas
  • The requirement that telecoms share build-out plans prior to deploying new facilities
  • A safe-harbor in case the current FCC order preempting state and local regulatory control of 5G deployment is overturned
  • Prohibition of speculative permit requests by third parties
  • Safeguards for local aesthetic and decorative pole conditions
Please review the two-page overview of the small cell wireless deployment legislative compromise for more detailed information. Contact Deputy Legislative Director Todd Edwards ( if you have any questions about the proposed legislation.