June 22, 2021
Please Take Action: Bill Preempting Local Control of ROW/5G
Both legislative houses are poised this week to vote on legislation that would provide a windfall to telecommunications providers at the expense of local taxpayers and communities. A-1116(3R) and S-2674 are scheduled to be voted on by the full Assembly and Senate, respectively, on Thursday, June 24, 2021. If both bills pass, they will be sent to Governor Murphy for his action.
The League opposes A-1116/S-2674 because it provides broadband telecommunications providers with favorable and discounted access to public rights-of-way without requiring these cost savings be passed on to customers, or requiring broadband infrastructure buildout necessary to help bridge the digital divide. Further, recent amendments to A-1116/S-2674 expand the scope of the legislation beyond the bill’s original intention, further limiting safeguards for local communities.
The League urges our members to act quickly to review these bills and to contact your legislature and urge them to vote no on Thursday. For more information please see the League’s blog post on the topic.
Contact: Frank Marshall, Esq, Associate General Counsel, FMarshall@njlm.org or 609-695-3481 x 137.