A bill to allow telecommunication companies to extend cell phone coverage is angering some local residents who want a public hearing.
Zoning Text Amendment 16-05, sponsored by Montgomery County Council President Nancy Floreen (D-At large) would change the zoning laws.
Telecommunication companies would be allowed to install small antennas on utility improve cell phone coverage.
County residents objected to the bill because it would allow the telecommunication companies to install the antennas without a public hearing.
“It undercuts the participation of interested members of the public in a dialogue on where the thing ought to go or shouldn't go,” said Derwood resident Jeff Reznick.
Though a hearing for the bill is scheduled for July 19, if passed, the telecommunication companies could install the antennas without input from the public.