California Legislature Enacts Bill to Streamline Installation of Wireless Facilities

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California Legislature Enacts Bill to Streamline Installation of Wireless Facilities

Assembly Bill 57, signed into law today by Governor Brown, will streamline applications for much needed cell sites in order to improve and upgrade existing wireless services such as 4G-LTE.

“The California Wireless Association (CalWA) applauds the new law as a critical tool to facilitate widespread construction of much needed wireless facilities throughout the state of California,” stated Robert Jystad, President of CalWA. “Existing gaps in coverage and demands on saturated networks make the expansion of wireless networks a critical next step both in the improvement of existing services and in the development of exciting new technologies such as driverless cars.”

The new law provides that an application for a new cell site or for a collocation on an existing site is deemed approved if the city or county fails to approve or disapprove the application within a given time period. The applicable time periods to the California law are specified in the FCC’s 2009 Shot Clock Order as 150 days for new site builds and 90 days for collocations. To use the deemed approved remedy, all required public notices regarding the application must have been provided by applicant, and the applicant must notify the city or county that the time period for review has passed.

With the passage of this new law, California joins other states across the country enacting laws to speed up the construction of wireless telecommunication facilities in response to the growing demand for wireless coverage. The federal government recently responded to the critical need for a reliable wireless communications network with new laws aimed at shortening approval time frames for network upgrades by enacting the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Spectrum Act), which was followed earlier this year by the FCC Wireless Siting Order of 2015.

Mr Jystad further stated: “As more and more people each year give up their land lines and rely solely on their wireless phones, the need for streamlined approval processes and common sense requirements for wireless network improvements are critical. CalWA will continue to be at the forefront advocating for and supporting legislative efforts that respond to the needs of our members, the wireless community, and the wireless consumer.”

The new law goes into effect on January 1, 2016.

For further information, please contact for following:
Cynthia Hanson at or 858-964-7430,
Kari Willis at or 714-504-1145, or
Robert Jystad at or 310-871-8189.