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Indiana cities rush to control wireless equipment

Two Indiana cities are rushing to maintain control of where wireless equipment can be placed.

The South Bend Tribune (http://bit.ly/2oENTxF ) reports that a plan approved by the Legislature will allow telecommunications companies to place equipment without a permit from local government. The legislation is awaiting Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb's signature.

The plan allows local governments to regulate the placement of the structures in areas they have designated for underground utilities. The deadline for designating those areas is May 1.

South Bend and Mishawaka are considering resolutions designating underground utility areas. Officials in both cities say they...