Indiana homeowners ask for more in 5G tower legislation

For years, Indiana law has allowed 5G towers to go up in front of homes without permission from those living there.


A proposal at the Indiana Statehouse could fix this problem, but some homeowners say the bill doesn’t go far enough to help.


Imagine a 5G tower put up in front of your house without notice and without your permission.


“It’s legal,” explained North Willow Farms Homeowners Association President Eric White. “And that’s the problem with a bill like HB 1164, it shouldn’t be legal.”


White said 5G towers can lower the value of a home, so lawmakers should guarantee protection for homeowners.


Instead, HB 1164 leaves a lot up to local units of government.


“It’s our hope that through our process, the HOA and the telecom provider can work and reach a consensus on an alternative location, and if they can’t, ultimately, it’s going to be up to our board to consider that final waiver application,” said Fishers City Attorney Chris Greisl.


The bill states if local governments choose, they can send a notice about a potential 5G tower to homeowners in the mail, but they can also charge the homeowner for the cost of sending that letter.


State Rep. Cherrish Pryor said she believes notifying should be required by the state.


“I do have concerns about the homeowners or anybody having to pay just to get notification about something that is happening in their ar