A new Wireless Distributed Antenna System Network is using city-owned street light poles and traffic signal posts to enhance wireless phone and data usage in Boston neighborhoods. The service, installed by Extenet Systems and used by Verizon and other wireless carriers, offers better wireless service in exchange for a futuristic look and the reduced sidewalk space that is now occupied by the poles.
Watch a North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council meeting discussing the new antenna system and see a map of North End antenna locations here.
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5 Replies to “Reader Poll: Street Pole Wireless Antennas – Take ‘Em or Leave ‘Em?”
Yeah, I’m sorry but the word “futuristic” just has no home in the North End. The draw to the neighborhood is it’s “old world” feel. Take em’ to Southie!
There are a dozen things just in that photo that aren’t “historic”, including the cars.
I’d argue that history is being made as we speak. And the better the tech gets, the less obvious they get over time. In a decade we won’t even see them ever!
Is there truth to stories of wi-fi increasing the chance of brain cancer? I thought I saw some reports of this, but it never came up in council meeting video record so I must be wrong or mistaken or misinformed.
Mistaken or misinformed. It’s non-ionizing EME.
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