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Dec012016

Ohio Lame Duck Telecom Admendment

To all CWA Local 4340 Members @ AT&T:

Recently, AT&T has been contacting our members asking you to contact your State Representative to support an admendment to a "Lame Duck" Bill.  Please read the following response from CWA District 4 to all Ohio CWA Local Presidents about this admendment.

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To: Ohio Local Presidents
 
 Some of our members are being asked by their employers to email the Legislature regarding a Lame Duck Amendment being introduced this week.
 
 Below is the CWA D4 position: Topic Micro Wireless Facilities
 
 CWA D4 became aware of this potential Lame Duck amendment 2 days ago, the same day employees were notified by Company Email. This is an amendment to an existing Lame Duck Bill.

 
While on the surface this amendment appears to expedite legal and "right of way" channels for installation and deployment of small cell technology for the wireless telecoms. The devil is often in the details, which will have almost an impossible time being addressed and answered in a 8 day Lame Duck session.

We have heard Cities, Municipalities and Counties are pushing back on this amendment becauseof what appear to be "Home Rule" issues.

So many questions remain for CWA D4, that we will remain NEUTRAL on this amendment.
 
It is also our opinion, that any Telecom legislation is so important that it should be addressed in its own Bill, in a proper subcommittee and in General Sessions with plenty of hearings.   

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