We met recently with various State Senator and Representatives to discuss some common sense solutions for local governments:
- Returning local control to counties, cities, towns and villages over the placement, construction, modification and operations of Wireless Telecommunications Facilities (WTFs) of Any G.
- Instituting Power-limits for any WTFs that are constructed in the public rights-of-way or attached to any buildings.
- Introducing a new IL State House Bill HB.1452, the Written Evidence — Wireless Antenna Need Test in Telecommunications (WE-WANT-IT) Bill, described, below.
Written Evidence — Wireless Antenna Need Test In Telecommunications (WE-WANT-IT) Bill
WE-WANT-IT would require a Comprehensive Wireless Signal Strength Test to be conducted every six months by an independent RF Engineer, who will log, second-by-second, the Wireless signal-strength levels in dBm (decibel-milliWatts) of every carrier-specific licensed and unlicensed wireless frequency that is being transmitted to the streets of every local authority (every city, town, village or unincorporated county area). The full data file for each WE-WANT-IT test will be placed in the public record of each respective authority for anyone to view, analyze and verify and will serve as the basis for local decisions, regarding:
- the need for any additional Wireless infrastructure; and
- the placement, construction, modification and operations of WTFs of Any G within the authority’s borders.
The Cost for each WE-WANT-IT test would be paid by antenna operators on a pro rata basis: the share of each Wireless Company’s antenna capabilities, meaning the percentage of the sum of the maximum Effective Radiated Power that could be transmitted by each antenna operating within the authority’s borders.