A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO FACILITATE THE DEPLOYMENT OF MOBILE BROADBAND AND OTHER ENHANCED WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES BY STREAMLINING THE PROCESSES USED BY STATE AGENCIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO APPROVE THE PLACEMENT OF WIRELESS FACILITIES IN THEIR JURISDICTIONS.
Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.
Amends GS 160A-400.53 to clarify that a city may impose a fee, not to exceed $1,000, for technical consultation and review of a collocation or eligible facilities application (was, for a collocation application).
Amends GS 153A-349.53 to provide that a county may engage the services of athird-party consultant for technical consultation and review of a collocation or eligible facilities request application (was, fora collocation application).
Amends GS 146-29.2 to clarify that the state may lease real property, or may grant an easement or license with an interest in real property, for specified communication purposes. Requires the approval of the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources forland in the State Parks System, as defined in GS 113-449.9, to be leased or conveyed for the purposes of this section (to facilitate efficient integration of facilities to provideadvanced mobile broadband and wireless telecommunications services). Requires that the lease or conveyance of land in the State Parks System for the purposes of this section must comply with the requirements of Articles 2 and 2C of GS Chapter 113 (was, comply with the requirements of Article 2C). Reinstates previously deleted provision that directs the state tochoose a location for a communications tower in the State Parks System that minimizes the visual impact on the surrounding landscape. Prohibits leasing or conveying land acquired or developed using funds from the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund for the purposes of this section.
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