Wireless companies, especially Verizon and private partner Extenet, have been swapping out traditional street lights in the North End for micro cell towers hosting a distributed antenna system to enhance wireless phone and data usage in the neighborhood.
The system is being installed on city-owned street light poles in the North End. The poles have a large square base and an antenna on the top. Verizon and other wireless carriers can buy service from Extenet to enhance their LTE wireless coverage in the area.
Although readers who participated in our poll last year mostly supported the poles, the construction involved for installation, along with the space taken up on the sidewalk, is causing frustration with residents. A recent 311 claim shows one of the new poles on the corner of Hanover and Parmenter Streets shutting down the sidewalk completely.
What do you think? Will the improved wireless coverage be worth it? Vote in our poll and add your comments in the section below.
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