ILSR’s Katie Kienbaum Writes About Protecting Local Authority in Florida

Date: 12 Mar 2020 | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the News: Katie Kienbaum

March 5, 2020

Media Outlet: Orlando Sentinel

In the Orlando Sentinel, ILSR’s Katie Kienbaum writes about the importance of community control over the deployment of 5G infrastructure.

Here’s an excerpt:

These industry-backed blanket regulations ignore the unique needs and values of different communities, limiting local control over neighborhood appearance, undermining digital equity efforts, and threatening public accountability.


Strict permitting timelines and fee restrictions further burden communities. Reducing the time available to review a permit application takes city staff and resources away from other duties. The slashed fees are unable to make up for this shortfall, leaving local taxpayers to pick up the slack. In effect, the Florida Legislature is forcing local governments to subsidize private companies merely because those companies hire effective lobbyists.

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