What is THAT?
While we’re all “tech-cited” about the prospect of 5G (because who doesn’t want their Fortnite access in a nano second?), the reality of what the future literally looks like is beginning to hit home. The technology relies on a series of small towers (versus the traditional large cell tower) to bring services to the masses. About 70 5G small cell towers have been installed in Fishers, many protruding from existing light poles. And, there’s not much Fishers can do about the aesthetics. The Indiana legislature over-ruled home rule during the 2018 session,
enabling providers to erect the small cell towers in public rights of way and commercial corridors outside the scope of municipal ordinances. Last fall, the Federal Communications Commission piled on, limiting how much local governments can charge providers for application fees while pushing for quick permit approval. Yes, it beats the “dial up” of 1999 and is needed as more businesses rely on “the cloud” and SAAS. But you’d think they’d figure out how to make a not-quite-so-controversial presence. Stay tuned.