COLUMBUS—State Representative Scott Ryan (R- Granville Township) today announced that the Ohio House has passed legislation encouraging private sector investments into the state’s high-speed internet infrastructure.


House Bill 478 is a Buckeye Pathway bill that fulfills all three goals of the policy initiative, improving the economic environment, enhancing opportunities for all Ohioans, and strengthening families and communities. It is the product of months of negotiations and compromise between local governments and the wireless industry regarding the installation and operation of small cell wireless technology. Small cells are low-powered antennas that attach to streetlights and poles in the public right-of-way to help upgrade the existing wireless network to support 5G data speeds.


"This bill helps Ohio position itself favorably to benefit from competitive investment in the newest available technology,” Ryan said. “I commend our local government partners and industry providers for their collaboration during this process.”
The legislation, sponsored by Representatives Ryan Smith (R-Gallipolis) and Sarah LaTourette (R-Chesterland), creates a regulatory framework for the installation of small cells regarding municipal public way usage law. Specifically, House Bill 478 includes the following guidelines regarding small cell technology:


• Uniform fees to attach to municipal-owned poles and a uniform process for obtaining permits
• Tools for local governments to retain control regarding location, construction, design for small cells
• Competitive rules that apply to both cable operators and wireless service providers for the operation of small cell facilities


House Bill 478, which strives to modernize Ohio’s wireless infrastructure, now heads to the Ohio Senate for consideration.

 
 
 
  
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