Small Cell Wireless FAQ

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Wireless data consumption has grown remarkably in the last few years, outpacing the capacity of current telecommunication infrastructure. Smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and the devices we use to live chat with friends and stream video and music have created an unprecedented wireless data demand.

Small cell wireless technology is the leading solution to meet soaring data needs and make coverage more reliable around the country. Small cell wireless technology will also help deploy future technologies like 5G, driverless cars, and the Internet of Things (IOT), referring to the ever-growing network of physical objects that have an IP address for Internet connectivity.

The City of Peoria works closely with wireless carriers that install small cell technology within existing public rights-of-way, which supports wireless coverage and improves signal strength. The law allows the City of Peoria to require small cell wireless facilities to comply with all aesthetic and engineering standards as well as building code requirements.

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • What is small cell wireless technology?

  • What is the function of the city in the small cell site proposals?

  • What is the city's obligation to allow small cell sites?

  • How does the city regulate small cell wireless installations?

  • Where can they be located?

  • What are the design standards regarding small cells?

  • Is small cell technology safe?

  • What will small cells look like?

  • Can a carrier construct a new small cell pole; replace an existing pole; or modify an existing pole in the right of way?

  • Can a carrier place a new small cell wireless facility on an existing utility pole or wireless support structure that already has other small cell facilities (a.k.a, co-locate)?

  • What are the rules regarding new standalone poles?

  • Does any of this mean large-format or traditional lattice cellular towers can be installed anywhere?

  • Does the City regulate small cell wireless facilities constructed on private property in the same way it regulates small cell wireless facilities in the right of way?

  • Does the city’s ordinance favor one neighborhood over another?

  • Is there a limit to the number of cell facilities in City of Peoria?

  • What has the City of Peoria done to address this issue?

  • How long does it take to construct a small cell wireless facility in the right of way?

  • Who will maintain the small cell sites?

  • Can street trees be trimmed for small cell installation?

  • Can wireless telecommunication equipment/facilities be located on City owned facilities or City owned property, excluding the public right-of-way?

  • Whom do I call if the street in front of my house or business is damaged due to installation of small cell facilities?