Mayor TenHaken rolls out 5G

I should probably be careful about posting about 5G, I don’t want the sheriff’s department to tear down my door and arrest me.

At first glance I was actually surprised this took so long;

Mayor Paul TenHaken today signed the first set of “small cell installation” agreements. Verizon will install “small cell technology” on city light poles and in city parks. The cells will expand bandwidth in high-volume areas and help the city to facilitate 5G in the future. No word yet on when the cells will be installed. 5G is the fifth generation of mobile broadband. It’s about 20 times faster than the current 4G.

As you may or may not know, a lawsuit was settled between the major telecoms over the false advertising of 5GE;

  Sprint and AT&T on Monday reached a settlement — characterized by both as “amicable” — over a lawsuit in which Sprint claimed its rival carrier used “numerous deceptive tactics to mislead consumers” with its “5G E” branding. 

The contention was that 5GE really isn’t ‘5G’ it’s just an upgraded version of 4G. But that is between the telecoms anyone dumb enough to believe the technology. But my other concern I have (which I had from the beginning) is if the neighborhoods will get fair warning before the antennas are installed? I have felt it should be like any other zoning issue, utility, within 500 feet of your home, a letter of notice should be sent, and their should be a public hearing. As we already know, the technology is really kind of untested on the effects it will have not just on health but visibility. It seems our mayor and city council have become patsies for John Thune and the FEDS.



3 comments ↓

#1 Public Property on 08.28.19 at 1:52 pm

Mayor Paul TenHaken today signed the first set of “small cell installation” agreements. Verizon will install “small cell technology” on city light poles and in city parks.

Parks and city light poles are owned by all taxpayers, therefore, it is not just the adjacent property owners that need to be notified.

All residents of SF need to be notified.

#2 "'Extremely' Stable Genius" on 08.29.19 at 1:37 am

Most of these “installations” will most likely be placed in neighborhoods void of a nearby “Super Precinct.”

(“I can’t expand it, but something told me to not vote today….”)

#3 Pat Johnson on 08.30.19 at 11:05 pm

Why is the city installing more Verizon sites, then forcing public safety to switch to ATT with far less coverage? Has this been asked? Other cities have had problems with ATT, but we are getting it forced upon us with sub-par coverage?