• Bill limiting city’s control of cell phone towers stalled in committee
By Linda Green

The bill that sought to give wireless providers permission to place cell phone towers anywhere they desired did not make it to the statehouse floor.
House Bill 176, which passed the House Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Committee, did not pass out of the Rules Committee to be voted on by the full House.
The bill, known as the Mobile Broadband Infrastructure Leads to Development Act, sought to take away the power of county and city governments in determining where cell phone towers can be placed.
Strong opposition for this legislation came from city and county officials, as well as homeowners who were concerned about the effect the bill would have in their neighborhoods.

To read more on this story, see the Sun., March 24, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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