How are Radio Frequency (RF) emissions regulated?

The Telecommunications Act of 1996 contained provisions relating federal jurisdiction to regulate human exposure to RF emissions from certain transmitting devices.  In particular, Section 704 of the Act states that, “No state or local government or instrumentality thereof may regulate the placement, construction, and modification of personal wireless service facilities on the basis of environmental effects of radio frequency emissions to the extent that such facilities comply with the Commission’s regulations concerning such emission.”  More information on FCC’s policy for Tower and Antenna Siting is available from the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and in the Local Government Official’s Guide to Transmitting Antenna RF Emission Safety 

For every small cell site within the City of Fremont, the telecommunication applicant is required to submit an RF report for each small cell site.

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1. What is a small cell facility?
2. What are the physical components of a small cell facility?
3. What is the benefit of small cell technology?
4. What is the range of a small cell facility?
5. What governs small cell deployment?
6. Are there any health and safety concerns to be aware of?
7. How are Radio Frequency (RF) emissions regulated?
8. Are these facilities subject to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) or additional environmental review?
9. Can the City of Fremont prohibit the installation of small cells?
10. What is the Public Right-of-Way?
11. Who do these small cell facilities serve and which companies own and operate them?
12. What is the process that a wireless service provider must go through in order to install a small cell facility on a City of Fremont street light pole?
13. What is a Master License Agreement?
14. Will the community be notified of where small cells are being installed?
15. Can the City of Fremont prohibit the installation of small cells?
16. Can the City prohibit the deployment of small cell facilities on wooden utility poles owned by PG&E?
17. Does the City prefer wireless small cell facilities on wooden utility poles?
18. What aesthetic standards will be applied to small cells?
19. Where are existing cell towers?