Small Cell Wireless Technology

Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act:

This Act imposes certain additional requirements on municipalities, including The Village of Western Springs.

Information about the legislative sponsors of the Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act – which is designated as Public Act 100-0585 and can be found under the “100th General Assembly” and “SB 1451” –  are below:

Senate Sponsors
Sen. Terry Link - Bill Cunningham - Donne E. Trotter - John J. Cullerton, Jil Tracy and Michael E. Hastings

House Sponsors

Rep. Kelly M. Burke - Peter Breen - Mike Fortner - Fred Crespo - Robert Martwick and William Davis

Federal Communications Act of 1934:

There is a provision of federal law (the “Communications Act of 1934) that limits authority over radio frequency emissions.

47 U.S.C. 332(c)(7)(B)(iv):

(iv) No State or local government or instrumentality thereof may regulate the placement, construction, and modification of personal wireless service facilities on the basis of the environmental effects of radio frequency emissions to the extent that such facilities comply with the Commission’s regulations concerning such emissions.

Village Guidelines and Resolution:

Approved Resolution 19-2508, Adopting Written Design Standards for Small Wireless Facilities

General Guidelines and Small Cell Wireless Facility Design - Village of Western Springs

Additional Information & Resources on Small Cell Wireless, 5G, Radiofrequency and Emissions:

FCC's Frequently Asked Questions About the Safety of Radiofrequency (RF) and Microwave Emissions from Transmitters and Facilities

EPA Rad Town - Radiation from Wireless Technology

National Cancer Institute Fact Sheet on Electromagnetic Fields

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Electric & Magnetic Fields Information

National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health - Electric and Magnetic Fields 

At this time, the Village has no pending small wireless facilities permit applications.

August 2019:

Attorney Michael Marrs gave a presentation on Small Cell Wireless at the Board of Trustees meeting. View it here (beginning at 35:00).

October 2019:

President Gallagher asked House and Senate sponsors of the Small Cell Wireless Act to amend the Bill to provide more municipal control.  Read her letters here.

November 2019: 

President Gallagher discusses many issues being considered by the board, including 5G small cell technology. Read more here.