Project Overview

Tucked into the Palos Verdes Hills outside of Los Angeles, with its expansive views of the Pacific Ocean, is the city of Rancho Palos Verdes. The beauty of this secluded gem is undisputed; however its uneven terrain leaves much to be desired when it comes to reliable wireless coverage. As families and businesses rely more and more on technology, additional wireless infrastructure is needed to supplement the city’s existing cell towers.

We are proposing upgrading the wireless infrastructure in the area with a Small Cell Solutions (SCS) network. As the new standard of technology, SCS gives us the ability to use a series of small, discreet nodes to expand carrier coverage and capacity. To preserve the aesthetics of the community, Crown Castle is working closely with the local Planning Commission to implement designs that meet the city’s standards and blend into the landscape.

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.

As a licensed Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) in the state of California, we will be able to minimize the redundant infrastructure by utilizing existing streetlights, signposts, and utility poles in public right-of-way.

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.
  • The additional nodes will provide continuous coverage along major roads to smaller residential communities.
  • 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.

Proposed sites

The map below indicates existing and proposed sites where installations will be located on streetlights, utility poles, and slimline poles within city-owned sidewalks.

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.


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