State & Federal Statutes

New Jersey Statutes

NJ Collocation Law

Application to collocate wireless communications equipment; terms defined.

NJ Pole Attachment

Public utility pole or underground facility placement; municipal consent required; procedures, enforcement.

Pending Legislation: Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act

The Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act provides for uniform regulation of small wireless facility deployment in NJ.

Federal Statutes

Wireless Ship Act of 1910

This act required apparatus and operators for radio communication on certain ocean steamers. The original act, approved June 24, 1910 and effective July 1, 1911, required certain ocean-going ships, of all nationalities, to carry radio equipment when visiting U.S. ports, and to exchange messages with other vessels, regardless of the system used. The original act only applied to ocean-going vessels, and also only required a single radio operator. On July 23, 1912 the original act was amended. Among the changes were the inclusion of vessels on the Great Lakes, coverage of all ships licenced for 50 passengers and crew (whether they were carrying that many or not), and a requirement for a continuous watch, with at least two operators. Neither act required station licences, but they did require ships to use certified radio operators.

Telecom Act of 1934

The Communications Act of 1934 combined and organized federal regulation of telephone, telegraph, and radio communications. The Act created the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to oversee and regulate these industries. The Act is updated periodically to add provisions governing new communications technologies, such as broadcast, cable and satellite television.

Telecom Act of 1996

The Telecommunications Act of 1996 is the first major overhaul of telecommunications law in almost 62 years. The goal of this new law is to let anyone enter any communications business — to let any communications business compete in any market against any other.