The C100 has been an active advocate for laws and regulations aimed at limiting the intrusion of commercial signage on city streetscapes, as well as strict enforcement of existing sign laws.

In 2010, the C100 successfully opposed a proposal for expansion of the allowable number of Special Sign Permits and the special signage that was proposed for Gallery Place.  The C100 developed a guide to cover the provisions of DC law and regulations regarding signs that are of principle concern because of the scale and their potential negative impact on the visible environment.

 

5G Small Cell TechnologyPhoto of a streetlamp pole with several cell phone transmitters attached to the top of it.

Small cell technology is a lower-powered antenna technology needed to provide wireless service in high-density, high-demand areas, supplementing and complementing service provided by cell towers. Thousands of small cell units are expected to be installed in the District, raising major issues on clutter, the impacts on viewsheds, the monumental core, all neighborhoods, impacts in historic districts, and street trees. This new technology requires infrastructure be installed in closer proximity to the users on the ground.

Latest Small Cell Design Guidelines

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Billboards, Signs & Communications

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C100 Comments On Small Cell Guidelines 2

Stephen A. Hansen

Date added: March 15, 2019
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C100 Comments To PSC On Small Cell

Stephen A. Hansen

Date added: October 5, 2018
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C100 5G Small Cell Rollout In DC - What You Need To Know

Stephen A. Hansen


The draft guidelines as they stand now are simply a giveaway to industry and there are still far too many questions unanswered. Precise information must be extracted from industry and the DC government as to the actual practical consequences, both immediate and longer term, of what is currently being proposed and pushed.

Date added: September 24, 2018
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C100 Press Release OP Budget

Stephen A. Hansen


The Committee of 100 on the Federal City (C100) is urging the DC Council to budget for additional staff and funds for the Office of Planning (OP) to fulfill the agency’s long-standing promises to preserve and protect neighborhood character and to perform a serious, rigorous assessment of the impacts of digital billboards on residents and office workers.

Date added: April 17, 2017
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C100 Press Release Regarding Letter To Mayor About Digi-Media Signs

Stephen A. Hansen


The Committee of 100 on the Federal City, along with individuals and groups from across the city, has written to Mayor Muriel Bowser urging her to drop any efforts to legitimize the illegal digital billboards installed at eight locations in Wards 2, 3 and 6 last year by Digi Media Communications LLC (“Digi”) without a permit.

Date added: February 24, 2017
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C100 Letter Mayor Bowser Digi-Media

Stephen A. Hansen, Meg Maguire, & Larry Hargrove


We are aware that representatives of Digi Media Communications LLC (“Digi”) are urging your administration to take action to legitimize the digital billboards that it installed last year without lawful authorization at various locations in the District. For two reasons, we strongly urge you to reject any such request.

Date added: February 22, 2017
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C100 Testimony OAG Oversight

Meg Maguire


The AG’s insistence on code enforcement in the DigiMedia case, backed up with legal action, inspires citizen confidence. We urge the Council, the Executive and the AG to identify specific new ways to operate like this in all aspects of city governance.

Date added: February 16, 2017
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C100 Press Release Verizon-OP Digital Signs

Meg Maguire

Date added: January 23, 2017
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C100 Letter Assessment Of Verizon Signs Memorandum

Meg Maguire & Larry Hargrove


DC Office of Planning's Verizon digital billboard “assessment” is wholly inadequate and cynical towards the public interest.

Date added: January 16, 2017
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C100 Memo To DC Council Regarding Nats Stadium Digital Signs

Meg Maguire


We again urge you to oppose any such outrageous effort to rescue Digi Media and its unpermitted exterior billboards, thus inflicting those billboards permanently on District streetscapes.

Date added: December 16, 2016
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C100 PR Narrow Scope Of Nationals Park Billboard Legislation

Meg Maguire


We again urge Council and the Mayor to oppose these outrageous efforts to rescue Digi Media and its unpermitted exterior billboards, thus permanently inflicting massive light-polluting ad-spewing machines on District streetscapes.

Date added: December 16, 2016
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C100 Press Release Billboards

Meg Maguire


The City Council is rushing to approve legislation that will allow massive digital billboards citywide in “designated entertainment areas” (DEAs) without adequate public notice or public hearing.  The full Council vote is scheduled for December 6, 2016.

Date added: November 28, 2016
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C100 Testimony DC Council Nationals Stadium Signage

Meg Maguire


This bill is not about loyalty to our beloved Nationals team: 10 jumbotron billboards on the exterior of Nationals Park will not help the batters’ averages or the pitchers’ ERA (earned run average).  This is, quite simply, a high-stakes game between the Billboard Blights v. the City’s Rights. Who are the managers of these teams?

Date added: November 14, 2016
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OP Verizon Graphics

DC Office of Planning


“OP's “study” calls into question the DC government’s diligence in objectively and thoroughly reviewing the public interest in projects owned by special interests such as MSE.

Date added: November 9, 2016
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C100 Nationals Park Signage Fact Sheet

Meg Maguire


The Nationals Park Graphics and Entertainment Regulatory Amendment Act of 2016 will permit 10 jumbo electronic billboards on the exterior of Nationals Park.

 

Tell the Council & Mayor: KILL THE BILL! No More Billboard Blight in DC!

Date added: October 31, 2016
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C100 Press Release Digital Signage

Larry Hargrove

Digi Media, an electronic billboard advertising company, is currently erecting, or has plans to erect, large, unpermitted and unlawful billboards on buildings in Chevy Chase, H Street NE, Downtown, Dupont Circle and various points in between.  “We call on the Mayor, the Council and the Attorney General to take immediate action to stop this illegal activity and to force Digi Media to take down these billboards now,” said Nancy MacWood, Chairman of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City.

Date added: August 23, 2016
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DDOT Budget Hearing Maguire FINAL Testimony

Meg Maguire


Testimony of Meg Maguire before the District Department of Transportation.

Date added: April 21, 2015
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C100 Letter Art Everywhere

Nancy MacWood


The Art Everywhere partnership between the National Gallery of Art and the Outdoor Advertising Association of America to place great works of art on vacant billboards throughout the country has a consequence that the Gallery may not have considered: undermining the efforts of thousands of communities throughout the country to bring down billboards and stop the construction of new ones.

Date added: June 6, 2014