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AT&T pushes for lots of small 4G antennas

Original post made on Jul 6, 2011

To feed the city's data hungry smart-phone users, the case was presented to the City Council Tuesday for installing a network of relatively small cell antennas atop Mountain View's utility poles.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, July 6, 2011, 4:47 PM

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Posted by Utility Poles not here forever
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Jul 6, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Certainly better to reuse existing ugly structures than putting new ones up. However, these poles won't be here forever; as houses get rebuilt in the neighborhoods, utilities go underground and over time we might not need these poles anymore. What happens to the antennas when the utility pole is no longer required?

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Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 6, 2011 at 7:31 pm

"The city receives $2,500 a month for each one"

Hell, for that, I'll put one on my chimney. Where do I sign up?

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Posted by Trent
a resident of another community
on Jul 7, 2011 at 11:38 am

Are there any antennas on the city hall building? There is quite a bit of space available there.

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Posted by Chupacabra
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm

I'm with USA!
At $2,500 a pop I'll take as many as they can fit on my roof.

"I think we should ask the neighborhoods what they want," Bryant said. "There may be more people who think like me."

Sounds a lot like, "I haven't a clue as how to govern anything. Let's leave it all up to consensus. Then I'll be totally useless."

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Posted by Dom
a resident of North Whisman
on Jul 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Can't they just put them on the same poles google is using?

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Posted by James
a resident of North Whisman
on Jul 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I have to turn off 3G when I get home because a signal won't penetrate the walls of my house. DAS won't help that. Towers don't have to be ugly - they're making them look like trees now. Add a few more "trees" to the area and I'd be happy. A link to some "trees" - Web Link

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Posted by tommygee54
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jul 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm

All I know is that we need something to improve cell phone signals. Like James above, as soon as I get on my grass, then into my house and into my backyard my cell phone signal (at&t phone) disappears. I should just give up my cell phone or switch to another provider. But we need antennas on San Pierre Way for sure...

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jul 8, 2011 at 8:14 am

I vote for a small number of mono-poles. The technology is changing quickly, and it's easier to change a small number of big things than hundreds of small things that will be unsightly. Besides, I suffer the biggest problems inside buildings (for example, my home), and DAS won't help me as well.

As for asking every neighborhood, that's stupid. You are our elected representatives -- figure it out and make it happen!

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Posted by Brian
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jul 8, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Actually, asking the neighborhoods is not a bad idea. They should look to their constituents and act accordingly.

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Posted by IJDGI
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 8, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Wow, is this the same Ronit Bryant who basically told the ~75 neighbors from the Cuesta Park area to 'sit down and shut up' when they wanted to talk about the proposed cell-tower in their neighborhood? Now she wants to “ask the neighborhoods what they want?” Is this because it will affect her neighborhood rather than just someone else's? When the Cuesta Park neighbors wanted to talk, she told them they had 'a lovely neighborhood and a beautiful park' and that they should be happy with just that. But then, I guess the most telling quote of that evening came from her. “I don't get it, I just don't get it” said Ronit Bryant.

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Posted by Chupacabra
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Then we'd still have segregation and non-sufferfage for women.
The majority isn't always right.

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Posted by Rick
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jul 8, 2011 at 9:31 pm

We get almost no signal from AT&T in Rex Manor. Got a free micro cell from AT&T to fix my problem. Google doesn't work through trees etc. Does Verizon work here??

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Posted by maguro_01
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jul 15, 2011 at 2:25 am

A line-powered wire phone used to be part of the recommended earthquake kit around here as the exchange buildings had generators and the phone network was more reliable than the power system.

Presumably those days are gone. For a while the cell system was considered somewhat robust, but that's likely gone too with the proliferation of antennas. We know that in a disaster texting is the way to communicate since other services will be overloaded. We would need some way of charging cell phones in a prolonged power outage.

So the system will now be less robust in a general disaster, but more robust for local minor outages as smaller areas would be out? Does local government pay attention to such issues? If not, who does?

ps - My apologies as I've asked before. I live on Central Ave between Moffet Blvd and the Stevens Creek Trail entrance. What neighborhood is that?

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