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FIGURE 3: Electric Power Solution

requirements.21 Additionally, the city faced the
following challenges:
■ Short time between passage of law and implementation (6/9/17 to 9/1/17)
■ Lack of understanding
■ Lack of tools
■ New/different
■ Meeting "shot clock"
■ Resource constraints
■ Coordination
■ No dedicated Project Manager (PM)
To respond, the city enacted an ordinance
and updated its Transportation Criteria Manual
(TCM) to comply with state law. But a knowledge
gap regarding how to accommodate the carriers remained. To address that gap, the small cell
team: (a) met with and interviewed colleagues
in other cities; (b) benchmarked processes
against other cities; and (c) developed policies/
processes for the application process. The city
used its AMANDA™ system for online applications22 and used "Smartsheet" to track feasibility
reviews and develop reports. The PM established
a SharePoint site for requirements, status reports,
useful resources, task list and other, typical project
management tools.
The PM also met with carrier representatives
to learn their "pain points" and other concerns
about the program. After receiving input, the
city created a Small Cell Reference Guide23
with 64 pages covering: (a) installation types;

(b) reference materials; (c) approval process;
(d) departments; (e) process flow; (f) frequently
asked questions; (g) fee schedule; (h) requirements for all installations; and (i) guidance for
specific types of poles. The Guide includes links
to web sites and contact information for city
departments but contains no installation criteria
or other requirements; it serves as a resource to
navigate the process.
The city also designated SMEs from each
department to review applications and address
issues (providing continuity and consistency) and
hired temporary staff to ease resource constraints.
The project team created a flow chart and checklists (included as appendices to this article).

AUSTIN ENERGY EXPERIENCE
AE has a large role in the process (getting electric power to cells) and established a
cross-functional team, including: Infrastructure
Asset Management, Electric Service Delivery,
Corporate Quality Services and Design.
AE faced many questions/issues associated
with small cells:
■ How to power nodes
■ Streetlight installs
■	 Utility pole installs
■	 Metered/unmetered service
■ Meter location
■	 Equipment location (communications zone,
pole top, or both)

■	 Existing signage on poles

Transportation
Banners
■	 Pole loading
■	 Design standards
■
■

ELECTRIC SERVICE
AE struggled with making the small cell "square
peg" fit into its typical "round hole" for providing
electric service. AE began by requiring electric
service to come from the closest underground
network vault via open trenching, leading to
significant expense for carriers and proving very
disruptive to citizens.24
Additionally, despite the fact that small cells
require only 6-10 amps, AE originally required
150 amp service (based on typical service size).
After many meetings, AE decided to provide
electric service using existing streetlight infrastructure in downtown. Because every streetlight
and traffic signal already has electric service, this
approach alleviated open trenching throughout
downtown and significantly lowered costs.

POLE-RELATED ISSUES
The city encountered another issue involving
the "standard" streetlight pole not accommodating small cells (due to pole loading analysis,
or PLA). Part of the problem resulted from not
having criteria for PLAs. Ultimately, AE issued
PLA criteria so carriers could perform PLAs using
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RMEL Board of Directors
Former NFL Star and Cancer Survivor Merril Hoge’s “Find A Way” Journey Sparks Intention at RMEL’s Spring Conference
Austin’s Experience Instituting a 5G Wireless Program
APS’ Fossil Unit Monitoring Tool Improves Efficiency, Generates Savings
Charging a Path Towards Battery Storage
Xcel Energy’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Future
28 Steam Turbine Cycling—Operator Considerations, Best Practices and Options for Optimization
Maximize on the New Energy Paradigm at RMEL’s 116th Fall Convention
2019 Calendar of Events
Member Listings
Foundation Board of Directors
Advertiser’s Index
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