OLR Bill Analysis

SB00536

AN ACT CONCERNING ESTABLISHING A STATE-WIDE PLAN AND PROCESS FOR SITING SMALL CELL ANTENNA AND DISTRIBUTED ANTENNA SYSTEMS.

SUMMARY

By January 1, 2018, this bill requires the Connecticut Siting Council to develop a statewide plan and process for siting small cell antenna and distributed antenna systems and submit it to the Energy and Technology Committee. The process must include participation by the municipality where the proposed site will be located. Within 30 days after receiving the plan, the committee must approve it, approve it with amendments, or disapprove it. If the committee takes no action by the deadline, the plan is deemed approved.

Under the bill, a “small cell” is a low-powered wireless base station and a “distributed antenna system” is a network of spatially separated antenna nodes connected to a common source via a transport medium that provides wireless service within a geographic area or structure. Generally, both small cell antenna and distributed antenna systems are used by telecommunications companies to facilitate or supplement wireless coverage in a geographic area.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2017

COMMITTEE ACTION

Energy and Technology Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

16

Nay

8

(03/21/2017)