Week of December 3, 2018 - SmartWorks Partners was created to help governmental jurisdictions develop smart city strategies and comprehensive broadband master plans that generate new revenue streams while closing the digital divide. This can be achieved through monetization of public assets and modernization of municipal policies, processes, and fee schedules.
Week of September 17, 2018 - Our new Nationwide Small Cell Legislation Webinar series is officially underway. We had a great week of discussions and presentations for the first week of September. We have a couple more webinar dates that we wanted to get in front of you...
As many of you know, there will be a pivotal vote by the FCC on September 26 concerning streamlining small cells.
Week of August 6, 2018 - New legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate and now in Pennsylvania. Three weeks ago, we sent out a special issue newsletter surrounding the new STREAMLINE Act and some of the state leagues' response to the Senate bill.
In mid-July, Pennsylvania House Bill 2564 was introduced and is headed to its first committee. Important key elements of this bill includes...
State Leagues Across the Country are Calling for Swift Action!
On June 29, U.S. Senate Bill 3157 (STREAMLINE Act) was introduced for consideration. Similar to small cell deployment bills that have now passed in 20 states nationwide, this new federal bill would severely limit local control over local rights-of-ways and restrict the amount of fees that municipalities can charge the wireless industry to attach small cells on light poles, traffic signals, and street furniture.
Week of July 9, 2018 - The holiday week is now behind us, and it's back to some important announcements. Our team has officially undergone a name change. CNX is now SmartWorks Partners. We are excited for this pivotal moment in our company's history and cannot wait for the journey ahead!
In small cell legislation news, Hawaii has become the 20th state to sign into law a small cell deployment bill. House Bill 2651 was signed in law on 6/21/18 and will go into effect for applications and permits on 12/31/18.
Week of June 11, 2018 - Happy Friday! We are making some changes on the CNX website. We have just launched two new webpages - City Involvement and Our Process.
City Involvement is our events page under the "Resources" tab that showcases the municipal leagues and national associations we are a part of as well as the conferences and events we will be at in the coming months. Our Process can be found under the "What We Do" tab. The page provides a brief overview of how CNX can partner with your city.
Week of June 4, 2018 - States' legislative sessions have mostly adjourned for the summer. We are still watching Michigan and Pennsylvania for any legislation movement from currently active bills.
We wanted to give a quick update on TX SB 1004 and the 2 lawsuits that has ensued from (1) the City of McAllen and about 40 cities against the State of Texas on a state level and (2) the City of Austin vs the State of Texas on a federal level.
Week of May 21, 2018 - As of today, there are 19 states with passed legislation and 2 states with pending legislation (Michigan and Pennsylvania). Missouri recently passed House Bill 1991 with a collocation rate cap of $150 per pole per year. Hawaii has an enrolled bill that has been sent to the Governor for approval, which can bring the number to 20.
Week of April 30, 2018 - The trend of creating/building/cultivating smart cities has continued to be tied to buzzwords and phrases like "5G" and "breaking down the digital divide". Through our News Center, we have started posting smart city news articles
and labeled them with
#smartcitypractices. We believe it's important to track the latest smart city trends and solutions being developed across America to publicly share so other municipalities can seek to adapt similar practices.
Week of April 23, 2018 - Yesterday, the FCC BDAC met in D.C. for its spring meeting to go over Rates & Fees, the State Model Code, and Municipal Model Code. Lots of lively debate ensued. In the end, the working groups' documents were pushed on to the next stage: reconciliation or as Elizabeth Bowles, the BDAC Chair, liked to say - "harmonization". The recommendations in complete form can be found on the FCC BDAC website.
Week of April 16, 2018 - Next Wednesday, the FCC's Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee will be convening to consider reports and recommendations from its working groups, including the Model Code for Municipalities working group and the Model Code for States working group.
Angela Stacy, CNX's Marketing and Communications VP, sits on the committee and will be in attendance to vote alongside the other city representatives to preserve municipalities' rights and local control. We will be following the day's progress and giving real-time updates via our website and social media outlets.
Week of April 9, 2018 - There has been a lot of movement on the small cell legislation front. Wisconsin's bills have failed in session. However, Virginia's new zoning bills, Illinois SB 1451, and Tennessee HB 2279 have recently passed.
As we have seen in Ohio and Texas, the passage of local control restricting bills in your state does not mean the fight is over. Cities in both of those states have taken legal action against their state governments to continue to make sure cities' rights are being upheld and that their constituents' concerns are being addressed. We have included an article highlighting Texas' legal fight against SB 1004 below.
Week of April 2, 2018 - Legislative sessions are starting to wind down, which means this is a pivotal time for small cell bills to either be pushed through or die with the session. States that we are currently watching closely
are Hawaii, Michigan, Missouri,
Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Washington, and Wisconsin. Illinois and Virginia have bills on the Governors' desks that local residents have petitioned to have vetoed. We keep you up-to-date on all these matters through our Legislative Center.
Week of March 28, 2018 - The CNX team plans on unveiling new resources on our website showcasing municipal best practices that are currently circulating around the country. Keep an eye out for that update!
Below are some of the week's top news articles featured on our blog as well our most updated small cell siting map.
We work hard to keep municipalities in the know of current small cell legislation that will affect your public rights-of-ways and usurp local control. Be sure to check our website for daily updates to bill statuses and our blog.