Post Session Update:  Small Cell Implementation 

Senate Bill 1004, passed during the regular session and effective September 1, requires a city to allow access for cellular antennae and related equipment (“small cell nodes”) in city rights-of-way, and it also entitles cell companies and others to place equipment on city light poles, traffic poles, street signs, and other poles.  Negotiations during the legislative session led to concessions giving some city authority over placement.   That may make the bill’s access provisions palatable to many cities, but local preparation is key to dealing with these installations.  The League has obtained example documents for city officials to use when developing their ordinance, design critera manual, and attachment agreements.  Please email Scott Houston, TML general counsel, at for more information. 

TML member cities may use the material herein for any purpose. No other person or entity may reproduce, duplicate, or distribute any part of this document without the written authorization of the Texas Municipal League. 

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