In the coming months, smaller wireless towers could start popping up around Virginia at a faster pace.
Gov. Ralph Northam has signed legislation that will allow the construction of structures less than 50 feet tall without a special exception, special-use permit or variance from local governments. The towers are designed to support small-cell facilities.
The Federal Communications Commission describes small cells as low-powered wireless base stations that typically are “for targeted indoor or localized outdoor areas ranging in size from homes and offices to stadiums, shopping malls, hospitals and metropolitan outdoor spaces.”