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Association (WIA) and the national Association of TelecomCOMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE IMPACT
munications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) are doing their
The CityPole™ solution also makes the real estate it surparts to conduct joint industry/City conference panels and
rounds more attractive. The install locations in the right way
forums to bridge this gap. In 2016, Aero Municipal Consultimprove cell coverage outdoors and often transmit signals into
ing was established by the group to focus on assisting City's
nearby buildings. Though the strategic placement of a Cityin their work with the wireless industry
Pole™ can improve coverage indoors,
to facilitate and expedite the process of
high speed wireless services are greatly
small cell densification programs. This
improved in plazas and common areas
entity is consulting for the cities of
outside the building property for the
Austin, Memphis and El Paso in the
City's residents, business owners, visiThe install locations in the
development of their internal small
tors and City personnel.
cell deployment plans and evaluation
"It is important that smart pole
of their owned assets.
providers provide solutions that
outdoors and often transmit
According to the Municipal Conblend into the streetscape and are
signals into nearby buildings.
sulting's Vice President, Sam Rodriattractive," Lockwood said.
guez, "There exists a growing need for
wireless operators seeking to deploy
THE FUTURE OF SMART POLES
their small cell networks to work
Although the smart pole and wireclosely with municipalities in obtainless street furniture expansion will
ing buy-in on a wireless deployment plan/strategy and to
benefits carriers and citizens, it is not always a guarantee
understand the City's internal resources/programs to support
that every City will embrace them. According to Lockwood,
permitting and field support".
there can exist disconnects between municipalities and the
The densification of high speed wireless coverage in cities
wireless industry when municipalities are not engaged early
across the United States is an important step towards strong
to work out the small cell placement, permitting processes,
economic development in a community.
construction schedules and expectations. The Wind Industry
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