Via Joel Moskowitz

Northern California communities adopt ordinances to block “small cell” antennas

Several communities in northern California have recently adopted ordinances to block or delay the siting of small cell antennas which are essential for the deployment of 5G. These communities include Mill Valley, San Anselmo, and Ross in Marin County, Petaluma in Sonoma County, and Boonville (in process) in Mendocino County.

Community opposition to siting of small cell antennas has been reported in Oakland and Piedmont (Alameda County), San Rafael and Fairfax (Marin County), Sebastopol (Sonoma County), and Nevada City (Nevada County).

Meanwhile the FCC is preparing to adopt rules that would prevent localities from adopting legislation that interferes with the deployment of small cells or 5G.

This conflict between the public and Federal regulators is likely to receive national media coverage.



Mill Valley blocks faster, smaller cell phone towers over cancer fears

Michelle Robertson, SF Gate, Sep 11, 2018



Bay Area city blocks 5G deployments over cancer concerns

Danny Crichton, Tech Crunch, Sep 10, 2018


Mill Valley joins effort to constrain 5G proliferation

Adrian Rodriguez, Marin Independent Journal, Sep 9, 2018

Mill Valley joins effort to constrain 5G proliferation


SF Bay Area City Blocks 5G Antennas Over Health Issues

Chan Lason, Business Times, Sep 12, 2018



Cell tower ordinance read for first time at (Booneville) council meeting

Glenn Parrish, Boonville Democrat, Sep 5, 2018



San Rafael residents take pre-emptive strike against 5G installations

Keri Brenner, Marin Independent Journal, Aug 21, 2018


Petaluma sets cell phone tower policy

Yousef Baig, Argus-Courier, Jul 27, 2018


FCC order to streamline small cell deployments looks to speed 5G

Sean Kinney, RCR Wireless News, Sep 5, 2018

“… the FCC will vote later this month on a measure that would:

  • Ban local regulations designed to prohibit wireless infrastructure deployment;

  • Standardize the fee structure cities can charge for reviewing small cell projects;

  • Establish a 60-day shot clock for attaching small cells to existing structures and 90 days for new builds;

  • And sets “modest guardrails on other municipal rules that may prohibit service.””


Driving network densification and delivering 5G with small cells

Sean Kinney, RCR Wireless News, Aug 24, 2018