Council delays decision on nine new cell towers in neighborhoods

Last Tuesday, Crown Castle officials pitched a scaled-back proposal for nine small cell towers throughout Ocean City, excluding Montego Bay, but the City Council voted 6-1 to table the discussion and have Crown Castle come back with firm locations and designs for the requested nine towers. Crown Castle Government Relations Specialist Trey Spear noted "you have to prepare for the inundation of your wireless service in the height of summer. The demand on your wireless service in July is the equivalent of 17 Super Bowls." While Spear and Crown Castle engineer J.D. McCloskey also said cells on wheels, or cows, are used by providers during the summer season to meet the usage demand, Councilmen Dennis Dare and Matt James questioned the locations of the proposed small cell sites and whether they would meet growing demand.

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