News from Jackson, NC relates to ongoing discussions of a specific tower, and general concerns about antennas. City leaders debated requiring concealment “to the greatest extent possible.” But colleagues considered that too broad. As a result, the discussion continues…as it has in numerous other communities throughout the nation. We’ve seen similar brush fires ignite in Durham, NC, parts of Maryland, and elsewhere.
Meanwhile, a Maine community is the locale of a lawsuit between the feds and a major carrier, who sought to place wireless antennas on the town water tank. We can’t speculate on the complicated case, which involves state and U.S. interests. But we can say this: there’s something in the air these days. We’ve gone from a world where antennas went up without notice, to one in which citizens express concern about what’s happening, where, and what it will look like. Pair that with the intense need among carriers to bring more and more “juice” to the marketplace, and you’ve got a challenge.
We think this is all great news for the industry, as it presents an opportunity innovate. The early days of cell phone infrastructure – 20-plus years ago – prompted us all to solve some big problems.We did, and we can again. The same skill set that invented this wireless world and systems to conceal it will allow us to succeed in this new, citizen-led reality.