T-Mo’s hometown adopts small cell master framework

January 30, 2019

The city of Bellevue, Washington, is preparing for 5G with the adoption of a new process to make small cell deployment easier.

The city, where T-Mobile US is headquartered, said that its reexamination of its city code and processes were a response to the new requirements from the Federal Communications Commission — but added that at the time of the FCC’s order, the city was “already in conversations with wireless providers regarding deployment of the technology in the area.”

The city said that it was attempting to “balance the need for universal, affordable access to reliable wireless service with concerns about aesthetics and the number of facilities – especially in neighborhoods.”

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