Firm News
September 17, 2014

Environmental, Telecomm, Utilities & Energy Law: New Developments in Permitting Process for Wireless Siting

“It is the policy of this state to facilitate the provision of broadband and other advanced personal wireless services across the state.”

– RSA 12-K:1,V-a (2013)

William J. Dodge, an attorney in the Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Group, has worked for years with multiple wireless telecommunications carriers in Vermont and New Hampshire. Dodge played a key role in the enactment of special New Hampshire collocation legislation known as SB101, which revised the state’s wireless permitting statute and substantially streamlined the permitting process for certain types of projects. The legislation is summarized in Dodge’s recent article in the annual Environmental, Telecomm, Utilities & Energy Law edition of New Hampshire Bar News. Dodge opines that the legislation will have positive and far reaching effects for broadband expansion in the state:

"Wireless technology is increasingly critical for work, education, social networking, public safety, and recreation. Because of New Hampshire’s challenging topography and varied population distribution, wireless service reliability in many parts of the state requires attention and improvement.

SB101 builds on key developments in federal law by incenting carriers and infrastructure providers to use existing structures for network expansion wherever possible, while also creating a predictable and expeditious means to upgrade networks.

At the same time, SB101 preserves and clarifies the existing scope of municipal regulation of new communications towers and substantial modifications to those projects, preserving the core values and concerns manifest in the 2000 version of the statute."

DRM is a member of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Group, as well as the Northeast Wireless Association (“NEWA”). In addition to wireless communications on both sides of the Connecticut River, Dodge’s practice emphasis within the Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Group includes commercial real estate transactions for renewable and traditional energy clients, siting support for energy projects, and natural resources compliance for stormwater, wastewater, and wetlands.


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