It's our vision to modernize Long Island's existing wireless infrastructure by deploying a small cell network of 219 proposed low-powered antennas called "nodes" that sit close to the ground, are connected by fiber optic cable, and can handle large amounts of data at high speeds. Also, small cells can pave the way for next-generation networks such as 5G, which can help towns throughout Long Island make inroads with "smart city" innovations including autonomous vehicles and citywide data sharing.

Why Long Island needs more wireless infrastructure.

Home to more than 2.8 million people as of 2016, Nassau and Suffolk have a combined population that’s greater than 38 US states. While countless commuters still travel to and from Manhattan for work each day, Long Island’s economy is showing signs of steady growth in its own right, led by industries such as construction, manufacturing, transportation, biotechnology, finance, and healthcare. You’ll find plenty of attractions for locals and tourists alike across the Island’s neighborhoods, as well. There’s the upscale yet family-friendly atmosphere of Garden City; Hempstead’s historic landmarks, state parks, and museums; and Oyster Bay’s pristine beaches. 

Yet even with so many people and so much going on, Long Island’s wireless infrastructure is still lacking and the demand for mobile data keeps growing exponentially. Long Island’s wireless infrastructure is under immense pressure, especially considering public safety—80 percent of emergency calls are placed from mobile devices—and a fast, reliable network is critical in providing access to police officers, firefighters, and other first responders. Fortunately, small cell solutions, or “small cells,” can be used to enhance existing wireless infrastructure (such as towers) to add much-needed coverage and capacity.

Discover more about small cells and the benefits they'll bring to your community.

Where we're installing small cells.

Since small cells often are inconspicuously installed on right of way infrastructure like street signs, utility poles, and streetlights, they blend into their surroundings and preserve the aesthetics of their environment. Working in partnership with city staff, we plan to enable improved wireless carrier service while keeping Long Island’s character intact.

The map above shows proposed areas of activity in Long Island.

Small cells in Long Island.


Proposed small cell node


Proposed small cell node


About Crown Castle

Crown Castle owns, operates and leases more than 40,000 cell towers and approximately 65,000 route miles of fiber supporting small cells and fiber solutions across every major US market. This nationwide portfolio of communications infrastructure connects cities and communities to essential data, technology and wireless service—bringing information, ideas and innovations to the people and businesses that need them.

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