Excessive price of 5G antennas for resorts
Like the national debt, the numbers associated with the surge in cellular traffic not only confuse the mind, they border the unimaginable.
At a recent meeting of the Lewes Mayor and City Council, an AT&T representative said that AT & T’s cellular network has grown more than 580,000 percent since the iPhone was launched in 2007.
The statistics were presented in a discussion on how communities can deal with inevitable requests for antenna placement in order to provide the best possible service to residents and visitors with state-of-the-art 5G speed infrastructure.
The problem is balancing the needs of these telecommunications giants, planting a majority of the low volume antennas in communities to meet the needs of their residents, against the wishes of the coastal towns, especially that for the residents and the residents Residents so important, naturally attractive environment to maintain quality of life of visitors.
Rehoboth Beach has approved dozen of low-height antennas, many of which will be built into new lighting fixtures. Verizon is funding the replacement of existing lights along the boardwalk. It’s an aesthetically sensitive approach that makes sense.
There is no boardwalk in Dewey Beach, however, and the city is frustrated with the proliferation of new antenna masts at the ends of some of its streets right next to the beach that it has no say in, as DelDOT controls those rights by way of way and grants permits.
Lewes has not yet been approached but is reviewing regulations to get these new antennas under control before companies knock on the door.
The Wireless Infrastructure Association gets it. It is said that existing infrastructure should be considered for collocation first before proposing new poles to reduce visual clutter and avoid unnecessary infrastructure duplication. “Collocation is today’s industry norm,” says the industry. “A shared wireless infrastructure minimizes the need for infrastructure, a practice supported by the environmental, historical and cultural protection communities.” And so it is.
While concerns about the appearance of barely visible wind turbines have been raised for areas many miles offshore, these fast-expanding wireless towers are far more insidious in our eyes and deserve much more public attention.