Wednesday: Get Answers on Small Cell Installation on Hill

ANC 6B Holds Special Call Meeting with DDOT, Cell Companies

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Photo simulation of cannister-style small cell antenna on a street light pole presented by Crown Castle at a Sept. 25 Small Cell Town Hall meeting. Thousands of small cell units could be installed on streetlights, utility poles and in lamp pedestals throughout the District. Used with Permission. Presentation available at https://ddot.dc.gov/smallcellpng.png

Small cell installation throughout the District is coming soon to a street pole, perhaps near you. Neighbors have questions about the safety, aesthetics and guidelines, and Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6B Commissioner Jennifer Samolyk (6B01) has called a meeting this Wednesday evening to address concerns.

The District has already entered into Master License Agreements (MLA) allowing five communications companies, including AT&T, Verizon, Extenet, Mobilitie and Crown Castle, to install the units throughout the city. The MLAs allow the companies to install wireless telecommunication antennae and equipment (small cell) units on cobra-neck street light poles and wooden utility poles or to install new, stand-alone poles on streets and named alleys, but does not allow units to be installed on Washington Globe light poles.

ANC 6B Chair Chander Jayaraman said that his understanding is that if the cellular companies meet the guidelines set by the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) they do not require approval from the ANC, only to give notice of installation. Commissioner Samolyk said that she had been informed that at least four units were to be installed in her Single Member District alone, on the 100 block of North Carolina Avenue SE, the 200 block of C Street SE and the 100 block of E Street SE.

Representatives from telecommunications companies are expected to attend the meeting and provide clarification about the equipment and its installation to residents and commissioners, said ANC 6B Chair Chander Jayaraman.

Invited Guests include:

The meeting will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 12 at the first floor Conference Room at The Yards workspace (700 Pennsylvania Ave. SE). All are welcome.