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MML has one legislative priority: Preservation of local authority

The Maryland Municipal League’s sole legislative priority for the 2019 General Assembly session is preserving local authority over cell towers. According to MML, recent action on the federal level “threatens” towns’ and cities’ control over the siting and aesthetics of that infrastructure. “The Federal Communications Commission recently adopted an order that pre-empted local governments in several areas of the small-cell field, primarily placing a cap on application fees as well as right-of-way access and pole attachment charges and shortening the time which a small cell application must be processed, also known as ‘shot clock,’” MML explains on its website. Located in Annapolis, MML is a no

Montgomery, Ala., Begins the Smart City Metamorphosis

Alabama’s capital is perking up with new intelligent streetlights, free Wi-Fi, app-based parking management and more. Montgomery is trying on these new technologies in its Smart City Living Lab downtown. The project — a public-private agreement known as the Montgomery Smart Community Alliance — is a partnership among the city, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, Alabama Power and other university and county partners. It is taking a page from numerous other communities nationwide that have looked to connect Internet of Things technology for improved efficiencies and enhanced services. The so-called lab will consist of a nine-block area connecting the Montgomery Biscuits Stadium — home to the

Will the FCC’s Small Cell Order Hinder 5G Deployment?

The Federal Communications Commission’s rule preempting local authority over fifth generation wireless partially took effect this week, with policy experts warning Tuesday it would constrain cities’ deployments. A pair of orders by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last Thursday denied local governments’ requests to stay the rule pending litigation, while approving their requests to transfer their lawsuits back to the Ninth Circuit. While the rule doesn’t preempt stricter state laws limiting local authority over 5G, it does establish minimum timeframes for processing applications for small cells—radio equipment and antennas inside casing—at 60 days or 90 days, if a new pole is required.

6 trends that will define smart cities in 2019

As we usher in a new year, the trends that shaped cities in 2018 are bound to have a ripple effect on the innovations that bloom in 2019. Now that dockless vehicles are a common offering in most metropolitan areas across the U.S., what new transportation options will shake the industry? Who will win the 5G race? Will Uber dish out the big bucks to strengthen its grip on the shared mobility market? To help start your year right, Smart Cities Dive has compiled the following list of trends that are expected to influence the smart city space in 2019. 1. New, and seemingly outlandish, mobility offerings Just as 2018 was the year of dockless bikes and scooters, 2019 will likely be the year for fur

Terrestrial and extraterrestrial 5G: How are data centers preparing for unlimited connectivity

The term “logging off” may soon cease to exist thanks to the much-anticipated arrival of 5G. The newest mobile network is set to roll out next year, with promises of flexible, reliable and secure wireless network access from just about anywhere. And we mean anywhere. Latest advancements have taken a sci fi route to ensure that fifth generation connectivity can reach every corner of the planet. SpaceX recently received FCC approval to launch 7,500 more satellites into space. According to reports, this Starlink Broadband will create a potential blanket connection across the electromagnetic spectrum, offering broadband speeds similar to fiber optic networks. Samsung and Facebook have also got o

New Dallas, TX Small Cell Towers Spark Controversy

The first of what may one day be 10,000 small cell towers in Dallas are starting to pop up and they sparked controversy at a City Hall briefing Wednesday. Dallas is one of the first cities slated to receive faster 5G service from AT&T and Verizon. The small towers will help provide it. State and federal regulations have thwarted city plans to make providers pay at least $2,000 a year for each of the new towers. Annual fees are limited to about $250 now. "We have companies who are requiring the citizens of the city of Dallas to subsidize their business model by not paying fair market value for the use of our real estate," city council member Philip Kingston said. The city of Dallas receives a

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