New Orleans, Louisiana 2020-10-18 09:00:00 –
Gonzales — The Ascension Parish government is finishing up new rules that will allow the spread of so-called “small cell towers” that are expected to improve existing wireless services and act as a bridge to 5G wireless services in growing suburbs. I am.
The rules are not full authority over where and what the tower looks, but in advance to the parish and homeowner’s association about when the tower will be planned within 300 feet of the individual property or neighborhood. Some say they need to be notified.
The towers are relatively low in height, clunky in appearance, and uncertain about their health effects, causing controversy in the Baton Rouge and across the country. ..
The Baton Rouge Special Community Task Force has been working on a rewrite of the City Parish Small Cell Tower Ordinance for over a year after previous rules allowed towers to pop up on some nearby streets. ..
The Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations is nearing completion of a draft ordinance regulating the placement of 5G cells …
The outlook for Ascension Parish’s new Small Cell Tower has so far generated little public interest in meetings about them, but after nearly two years of quiet negotiations with AT & T executives, the Ascension Parish Council is still developing. Preliminary nod to the ordinance inside it will lay out the permit system.
The new rules govern the right of way for the parish, the placement of new towers on public lands that line the streets throughout Ascension. They also charge an initial $ 1,000 fee for new poles and at least $ 500 for use of existing poles.
The provider will also have to pay an annual fee of $ 250 to continue using the parish’s right of way.
Ricky Compton, head of planning and facilities, told the Parish Council in Gonzales Thursday night that the final compilation of the 31-page ordinance would be in time for the final vote early next month. He said he wanted to complete it.
“My plan is to have the final version (No.) 5 in front of me and scrutinize it a week before the meeting. I hope there is a version I want,” Compton said. I will. ..
AT & T executives have yet to say how many towers they would like to have in the unincorporated part of Ascension, but said Gonzales already had rules and towers. Also, according to AT & T executive David Aubrey, the telecommunications giant’s plan to date is to install towers to support existing 4G LTE services rather than 5G.
The East Baton Rouge Metro Council may consider new regulations for the placement of 5G cell towers in residential areas as early as September …
The terms 4G and 5G refer to “generations” with different capacities and wireless connections. LTE represents an intermediate step between true 4G and the old slow 3G service that enabled the first major step to video and music that is now standard on smartphones beyond voice and text. I am.
5G services are expected to dramatically improve the speed and reliability of the Internet over true 4G services, enable better network capabilities, and bring advances to the myriad of devices used in everyday life and business. It is supposed to promote the “Internet of Things”. And the industry.
Mobile phone manufacturers such as the iPhone and Android are already deploying mobile phones designed for 5G services. IHS Markit’s November 2019 forecast for Qualcomm Technologies suggests that the full impact of 5G will be realized by 2035, adding $ 13.2 trillion to the global economy.
However, one of the drawbacks of 5G is that long-distance services are limited and require more towers than older generation wireless services.
In a pending change still under discussion, some council members said they would like to fine-tune the proposed height limit. Currently set to a maximum of 50 feet, the cell tower is prioritized for the look and feel of the surrounding area.
Councilor Joel Robert, who expressed concern about providing enough information to the public about the design of the ordinance and the placement of the tower, said he, Compton and others were designed like streetlights at a standard height of 30 feet. He said he had discussed the tower. Bulky radio equipment is above the level of light.
In a later interview, AT & T’s Aubrey said that the height of small cell towers varies from 20 to 40 feet, depending on their location in the network, and often cannot be fixed at a single height.
Councilors like Councilor Dempsey Lambert also wanted to know how many towers the parish could expect to ensure full coverage, but AT & T Governor Stephanie Doiron said the company was still Even after it was over, he said he was working on that plan.
“It changes over time based on population growth and user concentration. This is a variable that is completely unpredictable by any of us, so we are constantly looking at ways to evolve our network.” Said Doiron.
In August, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals largely upheld a series of 2018 rules from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission that recognized the authority of the municipality to regulate the tower, but in several ways, including aesthetics. I have restricted that authority. Recently endorsed rules also banned the tower’s moratorium in most cases and set a “shot clock” deadline for local bodies to approve or deny tower permits.
Some provisions of the proposed Ascension Ordinance indicate different preferences regarding the appearance, structure and placement of the tower, including keeping the tower outside the neighborhood and, if practical, away from scenic historic areas. I am.
The rules even allow the Landowners and Homeowners Association to submit maps of favorable locations for future towers, but those maps cannot bind the final permit decision of the parish.
In 2019, despite heightened concerns due to the expansion of 5G, the FCC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said there was no evidence that radio waves emitted by old and new mobile phones could harm human health, federal radio. Proposed not to change the frequency emission standard.