FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr and the CTIA have both congratulated West Virginia as
being the latest state to adopt new rules they say will streamline 5G small cell deployments.
The legislation, which was signed into law by Governor Jim Justice last week, limits
government fees and speeds review periods for the build-out of small cells. It allows localities
to charge up to $25 per year for the use of the right-of-way and $65 per year for attachment of
small cells to certain utility poles, and it requires localities to approve or disapprove of small
cell attachments generally within 60 days of applications.
“West Virginia’s leaders recognize the opportunity that 5G will create for its economy, education,
and healthcare,” said Commissioner Carr in a statement. “By setting limits on government fees
and review periods, they will speed next-gen broadband deployment throughout the Mountain State.”