Small cell rollout has Mitchell planners in action

The Mitchell Planning Commission in Mitchell, SD discussed "what the future for cellular coverage in the city will look like, expecting the growth of small cell and 5G technology in the future." The commission discussed a proposed ordinance to regulate small cell facilities. The units would have to meet the following rules: "each antenna is located inside an enclosure of no more than three cubic feet of volume and that the provider's equipment should not be larger than 28 cubic feet in volume. The facility would have to be mounted on a utility pole or structure no taller than 50 feet in height or be no more than 10 percent taller than other adjacent structures or substantially similar design. Applicants are also directed to follow a stealth design, to camouflage or conceal the small cell and to have it blend into the surroundings."

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