We live in a technological age where the way we source information and much of our daily lives rely on the use of cellular networks. In attempts to win the global race to 5G, in September 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) entered a Declaratory Ruling that mandates local governments allow the installation of small cell towers for future deployment of fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology.
The FCC ruling has dramatically preempted local governments’ ability to regulate the deployment of small cell infrastructure. As such, the Prince George’s County Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement and the Department of Public Works and Transportation, with the guidance of the Office of Law, and input from community leaders, stakeholders and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, have collaborated to come to a consensus for deployment regulations.
It is the goal of the Prince George’s County Government to adhere to federal regulations, while protecting the public health, safety and welfare of County residents. It is the Government’s objective to also ensure that our residents and business community benefit from all of the economic development opportunities that technological advances may offer.