‘Here is the church. Here is the steeple. Open the doors and see all the 5G Antennas.’

I busted up laughing when a reader sent me this photo of a cell phone tower on church property near Cliff and East 10th street (next to the old Bike Barn).


#1 Paul ElevenHaken on 11.03.19 at 6:45 pm

What’s the church getting in rent?

#2 scott on 11.03.19 at 7:23 pm

nothing. p10h told them they will be doing the lord’s work.

#3 D@ily Spin on 11.03.19 at 9:04 pm

I planned cell site antennas before retiring. One of the best tricks was inside roof eaves. Signal can broadcast through wood but not metal. Another was inside plex for a clock tower with no clock. The World Trade Center towers had 60+ windows with antennas behind them. The city (government and private) was paralyzed worse than imagined after 911.

#4 Towering Intellect on 11.03.19 at 9:10 pm

I don’t know about the specific case under discussion but in other cases I am aware of the church is reimbursed for their expenses unique to the tower and paid rent. The deals are carefully set up to conform with non-profit tax law.

I don’t think employing church steeples as antenna structures is the first choice of carriers but the reality from their perspective is that local governments try to use zoning as a lever to extract largess. That largess might be a job for the kid of the zoning director or a contribution to the mayor’s campaign or buying stuff from the mayor’s father’s company or bashing the carrier to curry favor with constituents. In fact in my perception the carriers try to avoid dealing with the tower issue at all and hire tower companies. The tower companies, in my perception, use cutouts in an approach similar to big retailer zoning requests where they hire a connected local to deal with the local government, pay a large fee and don’t ask where the money went.

#5 Ljl on 11.04.19 at 8:28 am

It’s been there quite a while. It was a traditional tower and when it was up dated it had to changed to meet the city’s tower standards. The church owns the property so why not make it look like it fits the use rather the than the flagless flagpole towers everywhere else.

#6 D@ily Spin on 11.04.19 at 8:37 am

Dealing with local government has become more than just paying a fee and having a hearing. There are many cell sites behind something so there’s no having to peel off Franklins to everybody in zoning. The general population knows to cover windows when making inside improvements. Business does the same. Sioux Falls says they keep records but ask for something and they can’t produce. If/when they do, it’s created yesterday or a mess of irrelevant paperwork. It’s how it is dealing with city government.

#7 D@ily Spin on 11.04.19 at 8:51 am

It happened to me. I hired clerical for a week to sort through irrelevant paperwork. There were unsigned documents with fresh ink and photoshopped pictures. They used unqualified witnesses and cited the wrong codes. The city had the nerve to present this (so called) evidence into not only Circuit Court but also SD Supreme Court. After 4 years of litigation I won. It cost me 40k I did not recover.

#8 Warren Phear on 11.04.19 at 9:18 am

It will take thousands of the antenna pods on steeples, or whatever else they can get their hands on to make 5g even remotely useful. It’s a scam.


#9 Christopher, TheLivingMan on 11.04.19 at 10:29 am

This, kids, is a 4G tower. 5G towers will be mucho small, and a lot harder to spot, and will be placed somewhere on just about every block in the city. Little do you know, but the majority have ALREADY been installed…and when this goes live, you can bet youre gonna know it.

#10 lisa king on 11.04.19 at 2:12 pm

Verizon is a sponsor of Tenhaken’s non-profit Project Dispatch. Why the all-fired hurry for 5g?

#11 Christopher TheLivingMan on 11.04.19 at 6:30 pm

3 reasons. Money, Money and Money. Money #1, they’ve already planned for obsolescence. PTH more than likely has a full complement of Verizon stock. I watched a Verizon sponsored Stock sale, and they bragged that your 3 and 4G phones won’t work on the new network, and that consumers will be forced to buy approx. 266M new phones by Mid-June, next year. Money #2, Senator Thune has been paid out over $928,000 in “campaign contributions” by Verizon and other telecoms during the course of his career (and yes, I have proof of that). The telecoms, by the way, are 7 times bigger than the pharma industry. They will GET what they WANT. #3, if Thune has made out, you can be sure local governments have been bribed as well. In his speech on 5G, given by the former FCC lobbyist head and Obama wonder that used to head the FCC, Tom Wheeler (watch that speech on youtube, and you’ll see quickly that this has nothing to do with our “faster” download speeds), he as good as says he’s going to “work with local governments” to “tighten our shot clock” to get this in sooner.

#12 Conservative Here on 11.05.19 at 1:39 pm

NothingBurger!!! Once again, not sure why anyone cares that someone’s private property is being used for a Cell Phone Tower. They have to go somewhere right? My guess is the beef is a Church is doing this and we all know how anti-Christian this blog can be. 5G is a completely separate issue which I am against but, thats a topic we can all agree on.