Norwalk implements new wireless facilities in city-owned infrastructures


Here’s Corey Autrey giving his view/voice on that matter. He dislikes the idea of the new wirless implementations and does not favor it. Photo credit: Oscar Torres

Oscar Torres

On Dec. 3 The City of Norwalk held their first and only meeting in December where they went over a few things that needed to be discussed, including the city installing new wireless facilities in the city owned infrastructures.

Recently, the city had been discussing the possibility of installing some new wireless facilities all over the surrounding areas members/spokespersons from two different wireless phone/service companies/media conglomerates companies giving out their own thoughts and concerns over the issue. One was from Verizon and two spokespersons were from AT&T.

This deal is help to meet the needs of the wireless industry while also protecting the cities control over the facilities. The industry requires several months of notice when requested of doing work on public property and city staff has requested several meeting with these companies and have utility meeting when working in public and private meetings/events.

There are also including to put these wireless facilities in street lights or in them as well.

The license agreement stated that they could be able to put wireless facilities on a few thousand light poles around the city.

The revisions include that companies are required to fix or replace any destroyed parkway in the vicinity. They are responsible for the landscaping.

The revisions are that any equipment approved on a structure are not required to get licenses on the same structure.

Michael Ferraherve, a spokesperson for Verizon Wireless, who was in favor in the matter of this item said “more than 58% of homes have no longer relied on a landline and are completely wireless dependent. More than 80% of 911 calls are originated from a wireless device now. So this has really achieved a long way of communication in this day of age.”

However, John Heffernan of AT&T, who is not in favor of the idea, stated that in regards to the policy itself, “when are policies and regulations in place that would inhibit or sometimes prohibit our ability to maintain an upgrade of our network.”

He also mentioned that he’s “yet to see, since the launch of the small facilities the letter in detail after several months of work twenty additional real serious concerns with the policy.”

Whether or not both parties agreed to this, the council approved the item at hand, closing out the items with both parties leaving the meeting right after the item has been finished talking about.