WATERLOO — The town is hoping new tips strike a steadiness between the demand for high-speed wi-fi service and neighborhood aesthetics.
Waterloo Metropolis Council members will probably be requested Monday to approve design tips for “small cell” communications gear being rolled out nationwide.
Small cell know-how includes bigger quantities of small gear positioned round a neighborhood quite than fewer bigger towers, which dramatically will increase connection speeds for cell units and can enable new 5G networks that are 4 occasions quicker than the present 4G networks.
Rollouts of small cell gear have created conflicts the place metropolis and county officers worry clusters of the units hooked up to utility poles and within the right-of-way can aesthetically unpleasing and even hazardous.
The Legislature in 2017 handed a invoice limiting native governments’ potential to limit small cell wi-fi deployments. It did give native governments the suitable to place some restrictions on the looks and placement of the gear.
Waterloo’s proposed 12-page small cell design tips be aware town would favor to see the gear in industrial and business areas and freeway rights-of-way and never situated in residential areas and parks.
The town additionally would favor gear be positioned on current utility poles and never positioned on decorative avenue lights or signal poles.
The rules embrace quite a few different suggestions on look and upkeep of the gear.
The assembly is scheduled for five:30 p.m. Monday in Metropolis Corridor and will probably be preceded by a 4:50 p.m. work session to go over the small cell design tips.