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Knoxville prepares for small cell infrastructure

Knoxville wants everyone to have access to this new infrastructure and ensure it is also in the interests of the city’s aesthetics

The cells can be installed on city-owned assets such as light poles
The cells can be installed on city-owned assets such as light poles

CNX, a leader in providing broadband master planning and programme management services to municipalities across the US, has announced a new partnership with the City of Knoxville in Tennessee.


The city has selected CNX to provide wireless and telecommunications consultation services including reviewing existing guidelines and regulations for small cell installations on city right-of-way, inventorying city-owned assets, and creating a programme to manage requests to attach to city-owned infrastructure.


"We are proud to partner with the City of Knoxville to help them prepare their city for small cell deployment,” said CNX regional director, Hunter Stuart. “By taking steps to inventory their publicly owned assets and modernise their ordinances, the city will be well positioned to deploy 5G services more quickly."


In order to meet growing demand for wireless services, it is estimated carriers will seek to deploy hundreds of thousands of small cells in densely populated urban areas. These small cells can be installed on existing city-owned infrastructure like light poles.


Work is already underway with the city staff to develop a comprehensive and equitable city-wide policy to help streamline requests for cell towers, micro-cells and distributed antenna systems on publicly owned assets. CNX has agreed to deliver a full plan to the city by 31 March 2018.


"The City of Knoxville will benefit from CNX’s expertise," said Jim Hagerman, the city’s director of engineering. "As telecommunication companies move forward with small cell installations, our emphasis is on Knoxville being a smart city.


“That means moving toward everyone having access to this new infrastructure, but installing it in ways that protect the interests of the city and the aesthetics of our neighbourhoods."


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