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FAQ Topic: Wireless FAQs

Who will maintain the small cell wireless facility sites?

The owner of the small cell wireless facility (wireless provider) is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the site. While the public streetlights are owned and maintained by the City, the upkeep of wireless facility is the responsibility of the wireless providers.

Who gets notifies of proposed small cell wireless facilities?

Notices are mailed out to property owners, residents and Neighborhood Associations within 150 or 300 feet of any new proposed wireless facility, depending on the type of the proposed installation. Notifications are not provided on eligible facility request (EFR) upgrading existing wireless facilities. EFR wireless facilities shall meet the criteria listed per Section 1455 of … Continued

Why are small cell wireless facilities being installed in residential areas?

Wireless communication providers increasingly use small cells to expand and upgrade their network capacity to serve the rapidly growing number of wireless devices users. As more and more customers rely on mobile or other media streaming devices, wireless providers will need to place small cell antennas close to and within residential areas to fill in … Continued

Can the City prohibit small cell wireless facility installation?

No. The City cannot prohibit placement, construction, or modification of a small cell wireless facility in a manner that effectively prohibits the provision of personal wireless services under the Federal Telecommunications Act.   Per FCC, effective prohibition occurs when a state or local legal requirement materially limits or inhibits a provider’s ability to engage in … Continued

Where are small cell wireless facilities being installed?

Small cell wireless facilities are being installed City wide in Commercial, industrial and residential areas on streetlights, overhead strands, and wooden utility poles that are owned by the Joint Pole Authority (JPA). In certain cases, the existing structure on which a proposed small cell wireless facility is to be installed must be replaced to accommodate … Continued

What is a small cell wireless facility?

A small cell wireless facility is cell site designed to provide service coverage and capacity in areas where traditional “macro” wireless facilities either cannot reach or cannot provide users with broadband-level services. These facilities are able to reuse licensed spectrum bands more frequently, with lower output power and a shorter distance between the user and … Continued

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