Thune Eyes Packaging Broadband Deployment Bills

— Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) left Wednesday's 5G wireless hearing eyeing ways to combine his STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act, S. 3157 (115) , with "several bills that have been filed" also dealing with "faster deployment of broadband services," he told reporters. He says to expect another hearing on these and noted his … Continue reading Thune Eyes Packaging Broadband Deployment Bills

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Cell Tower Rats

There is growing opposition to cell phones towers as telcos start asking permission to install more 4G towers and 5G small cell tower on about every city block. Here are some examples: Sebastopol Palo Alto Santa Rosa Danville The opposition often cites studies showing evident carcinogenicity from cell phone radiation, so we should be concerned. … Continue reading Cell Tower Rats

5G Small Cell Tower Opposition Growing

Small Cell Towers nixed in 7-hour Monterey Planning Commission meeting In a 7-hour marathon Planning Commission meeting Thursday evening, commissioners overruled staff and voted 7-0 to deny telecom giant Verizon’s application for a small cell tower in the Monte Vista neighborhood of Monterey. The meeting, held in City Council chambers, lasted from 6 pm Thursday … Continue reading 5G Small Cell Tower Opposition Growing

CTIA 5G Interactive Promotion – Ignores Rural Challenges

The Race to 5G While the presentation makes the case for economic development, transportation, healthcare, education and smart cities, it does not address the issues facing rural communities. The three challenge presented are: Freeing Up More Spectrum Spectrum is the critical input for wireless service, and we need a pipeline of low-, mid-, and high-band … Continue reading CTIA 5G Interactive Promotion – Ignores Rural Challenges

5G Update – Cities Not Happy With Model

CITIES 'DISAPPOINTED' IN SENATE 5G BILL— Despite negotiations extending more than half a year, the National League of Cities still doesn't support the STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act, S. 3157. The bill, which would set up a shot clock for states and localities to approve or deny requests to install small-cell wireless equipment, was unveiled … Continue reading 5G Update – Cities Not Happy With Model

Carriers Clamor For FCC Oversight Of State and City-Level Small Cell Fees

The nation’s wireless carriers continue to petition the FCC to issue guidelines to states and cities about how much they should charge for small cell deployments and other network upgrades. “Many municipalities unfortunately continue to demand exorbitant fees for access to rights-of-way and structures within them, including, for example, attachment fees that exceed $4,000 per … Continue reading Carriers Clamor For FCC Oversight Of State and City-Level Small Cell Fees

Small Cell Pole Dilemma

Russ Steele As I am reading about 5G small cell implementation there is a nagging thought, how will cities, towns, and villages deal with multiple providers who want to install small cells on community light poles. What happens when AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint/TMobile all want to use the same light pole? Not a problem in … Continue reading Small Cell Pole Dilemma