PRB-1 cited as "Amateur Radio Preemption, 101 FCC
2d 952 (1985)," is a limited preemption of local
zoning ordinances. It delineates
for local municipalities to follow in regulating
antenna structures: (1) state and local regulations
that operate to preclude amateur communications are
with federal objectives and
must be preempted;
(2) local regulations that involve placement,
screening or height of antennas based on health,
safety or aesthetic considerations must be crafted
amateur communications; and (3) such local
regulations must represent the
minimum practicable regulation
to accomplish the local authority's legitimate purpose. The heart of PRB-1 is codified in the FCC Rules [97.15(e)]. Of course,
what is "reasonable" depends on the circumstances.
Since PRB-1 was passed by the FCC,
have found that the zoning boards of local
municipalities do not give adequate
consideration to FCC Regulations in making zoning
decisions. So beginning in the
1990’s, amateurs began lobbying for legislation that
would place PRB-1 type language into their State
Laws. So far, 27 States have passed PRB-1
The time has come for Michigan to pass PRB-1
legislation. Your interest, action &
motivation will assure its passage in 2009.
The proliferation of cell phone towers built since the 1980’s has caused many county and city governments
to pass zoning laws that unintentionally restrict the ability of radio amateurs to install effective antenna systems.
In 1985, at the ARRL’s request, the Federal Communications Commission issued Memorandum Opinion and Order
PRB-1. In PRB-1 the FCC pre-empted local zoning laws that did not make “reasonable accommodation” for amateur radio
radio frequency power limits,
pre-emption has been used effectively to change zoning laws all over the country, but it has required significant
effort on the part of radio amateurs who have had to deal with this issue one jurisdiction at a time. Many local zoning
boards do not give FCC regulations adequate consideration when making zoning decisions, and across the county amateurs
have found that state laws are a more effective tool for influencing local zoning regulations. So beginning in the 1990’s,
amateurs began lobbying for legislation that would place PRB-1-type language into their state laws. Today 27 states
have passed PRB-1 type legislation. We need to work hard to get the PRB-1 legislation passed in
Michigan. Your support
is crucial to this effort.
Please help by
being prepared to write
Michigan State representatives.
We will notify you when the
timing is right.
These are some of the organizations
Amateur Radio supports.
they are not aware
that there is grass
root support for
this bill they will
be complacent. Make
sure they know that
you are voter and
will look favorably
upon them in the
next election if
they vote to support
the bill, you know
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HB 5027 was
introduced by Rep.
Steve Lindberg on
Sept 28, 2011 and
referred to the
Committee on Local,
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