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Photo of Senator Gayle Slossberg.

STATE SENATOR

Gayle Slossberg

ALWAYS ON YOUR SIDE

Testifying for Fair and Safe Cell Antenna Placement

This week, I joined Mayor Edward O'Brien of West Haven to testify in support of Senate Bill 536, which I introduced to ensure that the safety of community residents is considered when placing cell phone canister antennas. This issue was brought to my attention by a group of West Haven residents who live near a proposed site for one of these cell phone canister towers. After nearly a year of working on this issue, I am happy to announce that the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) has denied Verizon's proposal to install the canister antenna in West Haven.

Photo of Senator Slossberg testifying.

Senate Bill 536 would establish a process that gives community members and elected officials a voice in the siting of these small canister antennas. This is a matter of fairness for people in communities like West Haven who currently have no official way of providing input on proposals to install these antennas in their neighborhood. Our fight against the West Haven antenna was only made possible thanks to a commitment of time and money that not every community can make. This new bill could put the people of Connecticut on equal footing with telecommunications companies when making decisions that will impact the communities where people live and work.