How will 5G be used by city residents and businesses?

The 5G antennae (also known as "small cells") will be used to provide spot coverage to relatively small areas.

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1. How will 5G be used by city residents and businesses?
2. What control does the City have over 5G small cell facilities?
3. Who governs the location of wireless facilities?

The City reviews and approves the location of individual wireless applications within parameters established by both federal and state laws.

Collectively, these federal and state laws prohibit cities from:

  1. Denying a carrier the ability to provide service either through explicit prohibitions (example: banning new wireless facilities) or through actions that effectively prohibit service. 
  2. Denying wireless applications based on health concerns, such as those expressed about radio frequency emissions. 
  3. Stalling or failing to make a decision.  The Telecommunications Act imposes a short time frame, often referred to as a shot clock, for a city to review a wireless application.  Failure for a city to act results in the application being automatically approved without the ability to impose conditions of approval.
  4. Denying a carrier from using the public right-of-way to install their equipment. 

4. What is the City doing to regulate 5G facilities?
5. Can potential health effects prevent these installations from being approved?

Federal law (Telecommunications Act of 1996) prohibits cities from considering health impacts when taking action on a wireless application if it meets the radio frequency levels established by the FCC.  

6. Can the City require fiber underground as an alternative?
7. What is the application process for a 5G facility?
8. What control does the City have between public and private site installations?
9. What type of facilities could be used for small cell wireless (5G) equipment?
10. What is the status of application for 5G sites in the City?
11. Is there an appeal process for approved 5G sites?