A New York City suburb can continue reviewing proposed cellular antenna construction after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit from tower company Crown Castle.
Lohud.com reports that U.S. District Judge Vincent Bricetti found that the city of Rye, N.Y., did not violate state and federal laws by requiring Crown Castle to assess the impact of cell site construction.
The Rye City Council ordered the reviews, which remain ongoing, under New York’s State Environmental Quality Review Act in April. Local residents were reportedly concerned about the noise and aesthetic impacts of the cell sites after Crown proposed the projects in 2015.
Numerous states and municipalities across the country are weighing how to regulate cell site construction, which will be needed to build next-generation wireless networks but have drawn opposition in some communities.
Rye’s mayor-elect expects the tower operator to appeal the decision.
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