Slossberg and West Haven Residents Announce Victory Over Verizon
Verizon’s controversial application to install a canister antenna in a West Haven neighborhood has been denied
Senator Gayle Slossberg (D-Milford) joined her West Haven constituents today in celebrating the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority’s (PURA) decision to deny Verizon’s proposal to install a canister antenna in West Haven. Slossberg and the families who live near the site of this proposed antenna have been fighting Verizon since last year due to concerns about the potential health risks of having an antenna placed near their home, along with its impact on property values.
“This is an important victory for West Haven and the entire state of Connecticut as we continue to work to end the unfair balance of power between town residents and telecommunications giants like Verizon,” said Senator Slossberg. “This incredible group of West Haven residents banded together early last year and worked together to put a stop to this antenna installation, and I’m thrilled to announce that we succeeded. We are the first community ever to win a fight like this, and I hope we won’t be the last”
“PURA’s denial of Verizon’s application is a victory for the City of West Haven and the many residents who fought to protect their neighborhood from a significant safety risk. I am grateful to Senator Slossberg for her leadership and testimony in helping to ensure that this application was not approved,” said West Haven Mayor Edward M. O’Brien.
Senator Slossberg has introduced Senate Bill 536, which aims to give municipalities and their residents a voice in decisions regarding these canister antennas. The bill would establish a state-wide plan and process for siting these small cell canister antennas, similar to the process that currently exists for cell phone towers. Critical to this process would be participation by the municipality where an antenna may be placed, along with members of the community.
This process would give community members and elected officials a voice in the siting of these small canister antennas. Additionally, following the passage of this bill, a moratorium would be placed on all pending canister antenna placements until a state-wide siting plan and process can be approved and implemented.