September 19, 2018

Telecommunications Siting: Effective Prohibition and Petitions for Rehearing

NH Bar News: Environmental, Telecomm, Utilities & Energy Law

Attorney Will Dodge on Telecommunications Siting: Effective Prohibition and Petitions for Rehearing.

The wireless telecommunications industry is experiencing renewed growth in the volume of new towers being sited across northern New England after a period of relatively modest development in recent years. A number of factors – competition, public safety (including the roll-out of the FirstNet public safety broadband network), migration towards 5G technology, and stubborn areas of poor coverage – have increased the likelihood that zoning boards across New Hampshire will see an increase in applications for new towers. 

Communities with new applications will logically ask whether a new site is truly needed, and whether infrastructure developers have done their homework in advance of selecting a location. Especially where public opposition emerges in a variance or special exception proceeding, it becomes critically important for all involved to understand the rules for "how" and "when" an applicant demonstrates exhaustion of feasible possibilities for alternative sites... read Will's full article on NH Bar News.


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