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Normal & Bloomington Solicit Proposals to Evaluate Small Cell Practices & Regulations

Post Date:06/29/2020 12:58 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:          Vasudha P. Gadhiraju, Town of Normal Director of Innovation & Technology

                        vgadhiraju@normal.org, 309-454-9606

 

 

 

Normal & Bloomington Solicit Proposals to Evaluate Small Cell Practices & Regulations

 

The Town of Normal and the City of Bloomington are soliciting proposals from qualified consulting firms to evaluate current municipal practices and regulations concerning wireless-facility installations, with a focus on small-cell-wireless-systems installation within the public right-of-way (ROW). The selected Service Provider will recommend short- and long-term regulations, guidelines, policies, and strategies that will facilitate efficient implementation of wireless networks while safeguarding against adverse community impacts.

 

Small Cell technology is mostly governed by the state, but both communities think it's important to set guidelines where possible. “While some of the small cells have already begun to show up, we know that there will be a lot more to come as 5g begins to roll out and we want to be able to address aesthetics, locations, and other elements where allowed,” explains Vasudha Gadhiraju, the Town of Normal’s Director of Innovation and Technology.

Bloomington and Normal have a strong history of collaboration on many fronts, particularly in infrastructure planning and maintenance. Like other communities across the nation, Bloomington and Normal are experiencing a surge in the number of small cell deployments and permitting inquiries. At the time of this publication, there are approximately 35 permitted small cells in Bloomington and 15 in Normal. Both the municipalities have adopted small cell regulations.

The project will be funded through a grant from the McLean County Regional Planning Commission.

The Request for Proposals for this project can be found here. Submissions are due by July 31.