Montgomery County Coalition for the Control of Cell Towers
The Montgomery County Coalition for the Control Cell Towers (“MC4T”) is comprised of concerned County residents, including representatives from homeowner’s associations and civic organizations. MC4T was assembled during the Fall, 2016 in response to Zoning Text Amendment (“ZTA” ) 16-05, which was eventually withdrawn in the face of sustained community opposition.
PUBLIC HEARINGS ON SB1188 HAVE BEEN SCHEDULED BY THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE FOR TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2018 BEGINNING AT 1:00PM IN ANNAPOLIS.
Using a parlimentary maneuver to mimimize public input and "expedite" legislation, two powerful committee Chairs (Senator Middleton in the Maryland Senate and Del. Davis in the House of Delegates) quietly "cross-filed" bills (SB1188 and HB1767 ) on February 21, 2018 - after the normal deadline for filing.
If passed and signed into law by Governor Hogan, this legislation will strip away County and City government control of cell phone siting and regulation while foisting huge costs on Maryland localities.
These bills will allow uncontrolled placement of oversized and intrusive cell poles and equipment cabinets on street lamps, utility poles and even stop signs inside residential neighborhoods in the public right of way. And, these bills will unfairly subsidize Big Wireless by imposing ridiculously low "caps" on local fees and taxes for cell pole installation and operation.
These pre-emption bills are virtual clones of legislation promoted in other states by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and are a rip-off for all residents of Montgomery County and Maryland. These bills must be stopped!
MC4T is working with coalition of other Maryland and national organizations that are strongly opposed to this power (pole) grab by Big Wireless.
These preemption bills have been referred for hearings to the Finance Committee in the Senate, and the Rules and Executive Nominations Committee in the General Assembly.
Please call or email these members of Montgomery County's legislative delegation in Annapolis and let them know you are opposed to these bills:
Sen. Brian Feldman - Senate Finance Committe
Del. Kumar Barve - Rules and Executive Nominations
Del. Kathleen Dumais - Rules and Executive Nominations
Del. William (Bill) Frick - Rules and Executive Nominations
Del. Sheila Hixson - Rules and Executive Nominations
Del. Anne Kaiser - Rules and Executive Nominations
The mission of MC4T is to preserve and enhance the character and aesthetics of all County neighborhoods by minimizing adverse visual impact of telecommunications facilities and poles, protect our homes and communities from unsafe cell towers and assure full transparency, due process and fair representation in all decisions on wireless infrastructure.
Last Revised: 03/13/2018