Located in Suffolk County about 40 miles from Manhattan, Huntington, NY provides plenty of recreation for residents and visitors with its harbors, beaches and museums. Over the past few years, Huntington has grown into a booming business area. For this growing region, additional infrastructure is essential to ensure that residents have access to the reliable wireless coverage that they depend on.
We are proposing supplementing the wireless infrastructure in the area with a larger small cell solutions (SCS) network. With an SCS network, we’ll be able to use a series of small, discrete nodes–connected by high-capacity fiber optic cable–to enable expanded carrier coverage and capacity.
As a licensed Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) in the state of New York, we are able to place nodes in the public right-of-way, where most utility equipment is located. This minimizes the redundant infrastructure, allowing us to use existing streetlights and utility poles and reduce the number of new facilities needed.
We embrace a shared model to accommodate multiple wireless carriers on our fiber-fed network. This allows us to maximize coverage and capacity with the least amount of infrastructure possible.
Crown Castle has been working with the town of Huntington since March 2016 to secure a right of way use agreement (RUA) that will provide a vital public service. As part of our proposal for 116 pole attachments (or nodes) to be placed in the public right-of-way, we have secured approvals from the Town's planning Board, Building Department and Highway Department.
- Pole attachments meet all federal regulatory requirements and will be installed on existing utility infrastructure ("utility poles") or on new utility poles where there are no viable options for Crown Castle to place nodes.
- There are two types of attachments: pole top attachment & commzone mount.
- Crown Castle will install 60 commzone attachments and 56 pole top attachments, including 35 new poles.
- Crown Castle has a total of 146 nodes in the town of Huntington.
- Crown Castle fully complies with all FCC regulations addressing the safety of this technology. The wireless equipment used in Huntington produces RF levels well below the FCC's permitted maximums. The FCC Compliance Report provides an assessment of RF levels.
The challenges we're solving
We have over 15 years of experience implementing SCS in communities, including dense urban centers and residential neighborhoods. SCS provides many unique benefits, including:
- With the increased use of data-hungry apps and video, the SCS network will add much-needed capacity and relieve the congestion and strain put on existing towers in the area.
- With greater coverage and capacity, residents will have more reliable access to public safety and emergency services like 911.
- Our CLEC status and shared model help preserve neighborhood aesthetics by maximizing coverage and minimizing new infrastructure.
- By installing on streetlights and utility poles in the public right-of-way, we can give residents the coverage and capacity they need in the most unobtrusive way possible.
Should I be worried about radio frequency emissions?
It’s a common concern. And it’s understandable. But even if you’re right next to a tower or node, cellular RF (radio frequency) output is significantly lower than what FCC guidelines permit. And at ground level, the RF levels are not significantly different from background signals in urban areas from things like TV and radio signals. For these reasons, most scientists agree that there are no adverse health effects from cellular signals.
To read more, visit the following links:
- American Cancer Society
A summary of American Cancer Society studies that have shown no link between cellular RF signals and cancer.
- Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
For more information on exposure guidelines and RF safety, click here.
- International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP)
ICNIRP is composed of independent scientists from around the world with expertise in a wide variety of disciplines that study the possible adverse effects of RF exposure on human health and recommend safety standards.
- World Health Organization (WHO)
As part of its charter to protect public health, and in response to public concern, the World Health Organization established the International EMF (Electromagnetic fields) Project in 1996 to assess the scientific evidence of possible health effects of EMF in the frequency range from 0 to 300 GHz.