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Gayle Slossberg

Always On Your Side

Fighting for Fair, Safe Cell Phone Antenna Placement

Last year I began working with a group of West Haven residents who were concerned about the safety of a cell phone canister antenna proposed for placement in their neighborhood. Residents were strongly opposed to the antenna, but felt they had no voice in deciding on its placement. Our advocacy convinced Verizon to withdraw its proposal, but many other communities are faced with the same problem of being forced to accept an intrusive antenna with no ability to get involved in the process. I introduced a bill to change that, and this month it passed from committee with bipartisan support.

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Senate Bill 536 would establish a state-wide plan and process for siting these small cell canister antennas, similar to the process that currently exists for cell phone towers. Critical to this process would be participation by the municipality where an antenna may be placed, along with members of the community.

This bill is about leveling the playing field between telecommunications giants who want to install antennas throughout our communities and the residents who would be impacted by it. West Haven won its fight when Verizon tried to force the questionable placement of an antenna, but it was a long, difficult ordeal. This bill establishes a process that gives everyone a seat at the table and ensures that any future antenna installation will be done at a location that works best for the company that wants it and the Connecticut residents who will live with it.