Cell phone antennas coming to Minneapolis

According to MPR News.. 

Cell phone antennas could adorn as many as 4,500 streetlights in downtown Minneapolis, under a proposal that won approval from a City Council committee on Tuesday

Cell phone providers say they need to add bandwidth to accommodate large crowds armed with increasingly data-hungry wireless devices. If the city doesn’t allow the new antennas on its light poles and traffic lights, federal law would give the companies the right to install their own poles. …

Under the proposed ordinance, cell phone companies would pay the city $4,000 per pole to install the antennas, plus $720 a year in rent.

It will be interesting to see what happens in Minneapolis and how this plays out in other locations. I think Minneapolis is beautiful – but it’s an industrial beauty. How will folks feel about antennas in communities that feature a less industrial look?

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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