Syracuse Developing Small Cells Wireless Ordinance

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A Syracuse, N.Y., ordinance proposes a limit of three small cells per pole and disallows the units on ornamental streetlights.


By Tim Knauss

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – In preparation for the next wave of wireless phone technology, Syracuse officials are proposing legislation to regulate “small cell” wireless transmitters that are expected to begin popping up on urban utility poles.

Small cells are low-powered transmitters, usually about the size of a backpack, that are increasingly used to enhance cell phone coverage in downtown locations, arenas, or other densely populated areas.

Syracuse officials on Friday proposed legislation to regulate the technology. The new law comes in response to requests from at least two carriers to put small cells on utility poles in the city, said Beth Rougeux, director of administration.

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