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What is a small cell wireless facility?

Small cell facilities are a type of wireless broadband infrastructure. They typically take the form of small antennas (3-4 feet tall) that are placed on existing infrastructure (such as utility poles) and are accompanied by equipment cabinets installed lower on the pole.  They are relatively new and are taking the place of large cell towers (macro cell technology), which can reach over a hundred feet high and are designed to cover larger geographic areas. Small cell wireless facilities are lower-power antennas that will comprise the 5th Generation or "5G" network.

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1. Why the need for more wireless antennas?
2. What is a small cell wireless facility?
3. Are small cells safe?
4. What are the health ramifications of 5G technology?
5. Where can small cell antennas be installed?
6. When will we get 5G in Humboldt County?
7. Can residents have a say in the placement of wireless antennas?
8. Can the County deny a wireless facility on the basis of aesthetics?
9. Why does the proposed ordinance streamline the review process for some types of facilities?