Project Overview

Dating back to 1660, the city of Rye, New York has a unique blend of the old and new. Ripe with national landmarks and a historic past, Rye is a highly desirable suburban community. But with rising data demands, the city’s current infrastructure is unable to provide reliable wireless service to its residents. With 48% of households relying exclusively on mobile phones, real estate agents across the country are saying that a dependable wireless connection is a key consideration when looking for a home.

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.

In an effort to retain the residential character of Rye, Crown Castle has worked closely with the City Staff and Council and was unanimously approved by the Board of Architectural Review [on May 9, 2016] for a design that will blend into the landscape.


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.

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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