As it positions itself to meet the FCC’s push to become wireless, Wyoming is working to comply with federal requirements and assert its hometown interests. While broadband is welcomed to the neighborhood, according to city planners, they still want the ability to enforce standards such as being too loud (keep it under 72 decibels), or ugly, or control the levels of RF frequency, notes WyomingBusinessReport.com. Plans to amend an existing ordinance are currently under scrutiny.
“The city is able to adopt standards that say how it should look,” said Charles Bloom, Cheyenne’s city and development planner. “A worst-case scenario is if we have no standards, you could see what the telecommunications company believes is appropriate on a pole. We will have an application process that requires the applicant to prove that installation of small cell equipment on the right-of-way is not going to pose a hazard.”
Adjustments to the status quo would establish guidelines for both traditional cell towers, and small cell systems. Residents would like to keep the macro cell towers at least 200 feet away from residential dwellings. Small cells would be subject to quick acceptance and deployment, so long as they did not exceed height and placement zoning requirements.
The Cheyenne City Council’s Public Services Committee recently voted to recommend the ordinance changes, and include an application that telecoms would need to submit before installing wireless connections. Applications would be reviewed by a third party and include a $3,000 review fee.
June 24, 2019