FCC backs wireless firms with 5G as Philly, other towns decry subsidies

September 26, 2018

The intersection of State Street and Main Street in downtown Doylestown Borough, which fought Crown Castle and Verizon over small antennas. A new rule at the Federal Communications Commission would take away many local zoning powers over the placement of those antennas. There will be an estimated 800,000 new antennas by 2026 in the United States.

By Staff

Verizon and AT&T won big at the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday as the agency voted to make it easier and cheaper to place 800,000 small antennas for super-fast 5G services on utility poles, traffic lights, sidewalks, and other public areas.

Philadelphia, Santa Barbara, Calif., and other municipalities blasted the new rules as subsidies to profitable wireless companies through low fees and mandated quick response times for 5G antenna applications that will flood local government offices. The boxy 5G equipment sprouts five-foot antennas. They will proliferate like weeds throughout the nation over the next decade.

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