Gov. Rauner Signs Bill to Expand 5G Wireless Coverage

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a measure that local governments say would limit their ability to regulate big wireless facilities including AT&T and Verizon.

The plan expands access to 5G networks by allowing companies to install small cell antennas on streetlights and utility poles. Local governments cannot regulate or charge for the installation or maintenance of the wireless facilities.

The Republican governor says the plan will create jobs and provide residents with faster internet service.

But local municipalities across the state oppose the proposal. They say it is a handout to big businesses and will lead to higher taxes for residents.

The legislation affects all areas of the state except the city of Chicago. Ohio and Texas have also passed similar measures.

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